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Temple of Aphaia, Aegina

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Visit Temple of Aphaia to see a Hellenistic temple built around 500 BCE in honor of the goddess Aphaia. The temple was built on the site of an earlier 570 BCE temple, which was destroyed in a fire. The remains of the previous structure were incorporated into the construction of the newer one, as evidenced by the two recovered pediments (triangular spaces that form the gable of the roof) that were built into the temple wall. The well-preserved structure was a favorite among Neoclassical and Romantic artists, including J.M.W. Turner, yet it usually remains free from crowds. Enjoy the spectacular view from the temple and stop by the small on-site museum, which tells the history of the site's excavation, restoration, and the sculptures found here. To visit Temple of Aphaia on your trip to Aegina, use our Aegina family vacation planner.
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  • One of the most beautiful samples of archaic architecture, is located in Aegina is the Doric Temple of Aphaia. Worth a visit to admire not only the temple but also the splendid view that gives the sea and in the wider region of Aegina!
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  • On the island of Aegina in the hour with a small ferry ride from Athens is this ancient temple, or rather its remains. From the port of Piraeus by ferry, which runs every hour for 8 euro per person one way, we sailed in Aegina. Here in Porto rented a car for 28 euros. And drove around the island. For 3-4 hours we circled the whole issue. First, let's go watch Afajju. Along the way we stopped at the monastery. It is on the map. By this beauty did not go. Temple of Aphaia is not worse than the Parthenon. About 2500 years. Excellent views. Recommend to visit.
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  • For architecture and archeology buffs, this is a must see piece of architectural history. This is the temple that provided the template for the Parthenon on the Acropolis. Design idea like optical cor...  more »
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  • An Amazing Temple of 490BC Do not miss the opportunity to visit Transportation from Aegina Port with Local Bus Time from Aegina Port: about 20' minutes Bus ticket 2€ one way Entrance in the monument 3€
  • Rather nice piece of architecture, but the site sorely needs a museum or at least more text on the history and significance of the building.
  • Probably the most famous historical landmark of Aegina, this ancient temple is simply astonishing. The view of the sea down below is breathtaking, as well!
  • Wonderfully preserved temple with great views.
  • Very nice archeological site with an amazing view on the rest of the island.