Samos, the birthplace of Hera
Last Update: 23 Mar 2021
Samos, the Birthplace of Hera
The Greek island of Samos is considered the birthplace of the Olympian goddess Hera, wife of Zeus.
According to legend, Hera was born at the river Imvrasos, in the south of the island.
Samos was also the home of the great mathematician Pythagoras.
Heraion, the Temple of Hera
The temple of Hera, the Heraion, is one of the largest and most important temples of Ancient Greece. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1992.
The Tunnel of Eupalinos, a great engineering achievement
The Tunnel of Eupalinos is one of the most important engineering achievements of antiquity.
The Tunnel of Eupalinos, named after its creator, is a 1036 m long tunnel near the district of Pythagorion on the island of Samos.
It was built in the 6th century BC to serve as an aqueduct. The Eupalinian Tunnel was opened simultaneously from both sides of the mountain:
The two tunnels met in the middle with remarkable accuracy, which was a significant achievement by the technological standards of the time.
The construction of the tunnel took ten years.