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The Temple of Aphaea.

Aphaia (Greek Ἀφαία) was a Greek goddess who was worshipped exclusively at this sanctuary. The extant temple of circa 500 BC was built over the remains of an earlier temple of circa 570 BC, which was destroyed by fire circa 510 BC. The elements of this destroyed temple were buried in the infill for the larger, flat terrace of the later temple, and are thus well preserved. Abundant traces of paint remain on many of these buried fragments. There may have been another temple in the 7th century BC, also located on the same site, but it is thought to have been much smaller and simpler in terms of both plan and execution. Significant quantities of Late Bronze Age figurines have been discovered at the site, including proportionally large numbers of female figurines (kourotrophoi), indicating – perhaps – that cult activity at the site was continuous from the 14th cent. BC, suggesting a Minoan connection for the cult.The last temple is of an unusual plan and is also significant for its pedimental sculptures, which are thought to illustrate the change from Archaic to Early Classical technique. These sculptures are on display in the Glyptothek of Munich, with a number of fragments located in the museums at Aigina and on the site itself.

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Comments (434)

IFL BO on March 29, 2016

Beautiful photo! YSL! Best wishes, Barbara

chienhaw on April 2, 2016


Waldemar Kołba on April 2, 2016

Bardzo wymowne zdjęcie związane z historią YSL-117/432 pozdrawiam i życzę miłego weekendu Waldemar

Karl Eggenmüller on April 8, 2016

Γειά σου αγαπητέ φίλε Νίκος,

ένα πανέμορφο ιστορικός τόπος!

YSL 118/433

Τις καλύτερες ευχές από τη Γερμανία και σας εύχομαι ένα ωραίο βράδυ,


B. Pappas on April 9, 2016

Εξαιρετική τοποθεσία, εξαιρετική θέα, εξαιρετική φωτογραφία! YSL 119/434! Χαιρετισμούς Βασίλης

Efstathios tav on April 9, 2016

Α+Α Ωραία σύνθεση!!!

TEODOR VIOREL CIOBOT… on April 14, 2016

121/436,EXCELLENT,friendly greetings,TEDDY

Melsen Felipe on April 25, 2016

Estupendo encuadre de estas antiguas ruinas, L. + Fav.

Un afectuoso saludo desde Costa Rica, Melsen Felipe

Hans_Pano Yes ! on May 10

The photographer as well may be a pilgrim to his roots of culture !!L&F!! Best regards, Hans

Kamalakar Anthati on May 12

Beautiful View,Excellent shot,
Greetings From India,Kamalakar.
Keep Panoramio ALIVE.

Nabin Basnet on May 21

beautiful picture and well captured. LIKE/FAV and greetings,Nabin

bonavista on June 15

Great site,nicely presented! Lk


Argenna on August 3

Very beautiful photo! L+F!

Greetings, Argenna.

Paolo Savigni on August 30

Nice point of view!
Warm greetings, Paolo

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on March 16, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Νίκος Γεωργακόπουλος
    • Taken on 2012/03/04 12:17:57
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/750)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash