Sanctuary of Apollo of Korythos

Buildings of successive building phases dating back from the geometric to the later Roman period were excavated in the port of Loga in Messinia, Agios Andreas. By common consent of scholars and according to inscriptions, these ruins are identical to the Sanctuary of Apollo of Korythos in Peloponnese. According to the traditions of Ancient Messeni, Apollo of Korythos was the god – therapist of diseases.

Pausanias, whose work describes in details Ancient Messinia, refers to the Sanctuary of Apollo of Korythos in the “Messinian” chapter. He describes the ancient temple while he talks about a “statue” standing there dedicated to the therapist Apollo of Peloponnese by the Argonauts.

A bronze figurine of warrior was found in the Sanctuary of Apollo of Korythos dated back to 540-520 BC and is one of the most remarkable findings. It wears a Corinthian helmet, shield, short chiton and knee protectors.

Over the Sanctuary of Apollo of Korythos there is an early Christian basilica church which was moved in 1913 for the investigation of the ancient monument.

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