The pleading and grief of young Iphigeneia still echo in the ruins of the sanctuary, where Artemis demanded the ultimate sacrifice of Agamemnon, in order to bestow favourable winds upon his ships sailing for Troy.
The region of Aulis was inhabited from Mycenaean times until Imperial times. The classical temple of the goddess, who appears holding torches or or a bow and arrow, according to Pausanias’ description, imbues the sanctuary that spreads out before it with a sense of splendour. Constructed in the 5th century B.C., its statues of Apollo and Artemis welcomed the faithful to the sanctuary, while finds inside included statues, bases for dedications, “treasures”, and tables for offerings. A Holy Font indicates where worship would begin in the space, while the ceramics and koroplasty workshops, as well as the guesthouse, complete the image of the sanctuary until the 4th century A.D., when the temple was destroyed, and the baths were built in its place.