The Temple of Hera, wife of Zeus. Many of
the Temple's Doric columns of rough limestone, faced with pulverized
marble, stand today and give a sense of grandeur to the ruins. Hera was
worshiped along with her regal husband, and in her Temple athletes supplicated
The temple of Hera is the oldest temple of the Sanctuary, among the
best specimens of archaic doric temple architecture.It was peripteral with six columns at the narrow and sixteen columns at the long
The originally wooden columns were gradually replaced by stone ones. According
to legend, here was kept the disk of the Sacred Truce.
In Roman times the statue of Hermes made by the sculptor Praxiteles was
positioned in the cella.
Temple of Hera model