Dio Horia is an iconic landmark of the Greek island of Mykonos, and a tourist destination beloved by visitors all over the world. Standing tall atop the hill of Dhlos Psilonerou, the ancient temple of Dio Horia overlooks the stunning sunset views of Mykonos Bay.
Constructed in the 8th century BC, the partially-ruined temple complex is dedicated to the majestic god of Poseidon and is a popular pilgrimage site for anyone interested in Roman Greek archeology and mythology. Travelers who wish to explore the ruins of the temple can enter through an ancient marble gate to the complex, which contains various vestiges of its original construction.
The stone walls of the temple support an unconfirmed number of Doric columns, and the ornate detail of the structure renders it an unparalleled example of classical Greek art. Within the ruins one can find a multitude of ancient artifacts, including bells, inscriptions and marble statues.
The most captivating part of Dio Horia is its magnificent view of the Aegean Sea and the nearby isles. According to ancient myths the temple was built in order to provide a viewpoint so that visitors could observe the stunning sunsets above the sea. Indeed, many visitors find themselves mesmerized by the orange and red hues of the setting sun painting the sky above the ocean.
Nearby, visitors will also find several hiking trails located throughout the isles offering them an opportunity to explore ancient ruins and stunning countryside scenery. The imposing ruins of Paraportanias and the picturesque church of Agios Nikolas offer visitors a unique combination of breathtaking views and history.
A visit to the impressive historical site of Dio Horia is an absolute must for all visitors to Mykonos. Although small in size, this ancient temple provides visitors with a glimpse into the stunning history and culture of Greece. Walking through the ruins of Dio Horia and the surrounding isles reveals a world of unparalleled beauty and wonder.
Dio Horia is an art platform & gallery for contemporary art and culture that was inaugurated in 2015. Through a vibrant programme of exhibitions, residencies, events, publications and pop-up bookshops, Dio Horia gallery stimulates debate, experimentation, creativity and knowledge exchange with the audience.