The Northern Aegean Islands Sights

Archaeological Museum of Vathi of Samos

Published 02/14/2017

Fodor's Review

The stepped streets ascend from the shopping thoroughfare, which meanders from the port to the city park next to the Archaeological Museum, the town's most important sight. Samian sculptures from past millennia were considered among the best in Greece, and examples here show why. The newest wing holds the impressive kouros from Heraion, a colossal statue of a male youth, built as an offering to the goddess Hera and the largest freestanding sculpture surviving from ancient Greece, dating from 580 BC. The work of a Samian artist, this statue was made of the typical Samian gray-and-white-band marble. Pieces of the kouros were discovered in various peculiar locations: its thigh was being used as part of a Hellenistic house wall, and its left forearm was being used as a step for a Roman cistern. The statue is so large (16½ feet tall) that the wing had to be rebuilt specifically to house it. The museum's older section has a collection of pottery and cast-bronze griffin heads (the symbol of Samos). An exceptional collection of tributary gifts from ancient cities far and wide, including bronzes and ivory miniatures, affirms the importance of the shrine to Hera.

Sight Information


Dimarhiou Sq., Samos Town, Samos, 83100, Greece




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  • €3

Published 02/14/2017


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