Ireon (Heraion) of Samos. West of Pythagorion is the most important archaeological site of the Greek island of Samos, the Ireon. Ireon is a small coastal town with a rich history. Here Goddess Hera was born on the banks of the river Imvrasos.
According to the ancient Greek writer Herodotus, the Temple of Hera has been the largest temple of Greece in ancient times. The building would have included 155 pillars. This temple is built around 530 BC. and what remains today is that one giant pillar that indicates how colossal this temple must have been.
Another important monument is the "Iera Odos" literally "Holy Road" which is a five kilometre long road from Old Samos town led here and where many important buildings stood, on both sides of the road. Today Ireon is a quiet tourist town with a small fishing harbour and some nice sandy pebble beaches with several taverns and cafeterias. It is especially cosy in the evening on the cobblestone square near the beach, there are also souvenir shops, mini markets, and car rental agencies.
Text: Yorgos and Wendy Nikolidakis - Revised by Maxine van Hoften Gee