Aegina lies in the center of the Argosaronic gulf. It is a green island
with picturesque villages and beautiful beaches, with modern tourist facilities
and important historical monuments. Visit the Archaeological museum, the remains
of the ancient temple of Apollo and the famous temple of Aphaia dedicated to an
ancient goddess who was the protector of the island. Along the waterfront shops
offering local products (pistachio nuts is the most famous), restaurants,
Ouzeris, Cafes and bars are available for the visitors.
Temple of Apollo:
The Doric style temple of Apollo stood on the summit and was built in the 6th c
BC, from which only a column crowned with a capital remains standing. That is
why the area was name "Kolona". Excavations in the neighborhood have also
uncovered the remains of a theatre and a stadium and the Attaleion.
Temple of Aphaia
The temple stands on a height overlooking Agia Marina Bay and was dedicated to
the Aphaian goddess of Athena. The building is in Doric style and is one of the
best examples of early classical architecture. In the interior of the temple the
gold and ivory statue of the goddess was housed. Apart from the terraced
peribolos and the propylaea, there was a large altar, baths and living quarters
for the priests.
Architectural fragments from the temple of Aphaia are exhibited, a sphinx
believed to have been the work of the Attican sculptor Kalamis and a
representative collection of local ceramics from Neolithic times through to the
Agia Marina, Marathona, Souvala and Perdika are some of the wonderful beaches on
the Island of Aegina