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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 (414)

ch' caf' on January 21, 2015

A so beautiful heritage shot! I like it! Best regards, christian

Fritz77 on February 21, 2015

Wonderful angle LIKE & FAV, best regards, Fritz

FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!! L 407 + F 96. Nice weekend, Paolo

Nyx Ning on April 2


moatlspeed on April 5

Amazing shot! L+F, greetings from Bavaria, Martin

Cornleo on April 8

Fantastic place, LIKE + F, greetings Agathe

Wielgus on April 20

Ciekawy ślad starożytnej architektury ładne zdjęcie ,pozdrawiam Wielgus

Augustinas Plikis on April 21

Very good looks!

Paolo P L on May 6

un posto carico di storia. like

Antonio Aroca on July 18

Atractiva vista de este hermoso templo, buen trabajo. L412+F101, saludos amistosos desde España.

hermelin on July 27

Wonderful ruins, nice shot!! Greetings from Hungary! Lajos

Szép felvétel.*F+L.Üdvözlettel. Ferenc

Jurek Adamski on August 7

Piękne miejsce i foto. L+F

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  • Uploaded on March 16, 2012
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    by Νίκος Γεωργακόπουλος
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