Harry Heywood

Since the sixth century B.C., supplicants of Apollo—the ancient Greek god of light, healing, prophesy, music and poetry—made pilgrimage to a sanctuary complex, located a few miles outside Kourion. By the late first century A.D., the Sanctuary of Apollo consisted of a perimeter wall that enclosed baths, an exercise ground called a palaestra, civic buildings and several sacred precincts. In the late 1970s, author David Soren directed excavations at the sanctuary’s altar, temple (see photo of the columns of the Temple of Apollo in this article) and park.