The temple of Aphaia (Athena) in Aegina is dedicated to the homonymous goddess and is a masterpiece of archaic architecture.
Where is it located?
The temple is located on the northeast side of the island and at a distance of 12 km away from the city of Aegina. It is easily accessible by car, taxi, or even by bicycle from the port of Aegina. The temple of Aphaia is located at the top of a hill, in a pine forest overlooking the sea.
Characteristics of the Temple of Aphaia
The temple of Aphaia is a temple of Doric style that is considered to have been a source of inspiration for the architects, Iktinos and Kallikrates during the creation of the Parthenon. The temple that survives today dates back to around 500-490 BC, as the original temple built in 575 BC was burned in a fire. The temple of Aphaia is maintained in very good condition, as out of the 36 columns of the temple in total, 24 survive today.
When can I visit the place?
Try to visit the temple one day when the sky is clear! From the pine-covered hill of the temple, you will be able to see the Temple of Poseidon in Sounio and the Acropolis of Athens. The three ancient temples are said to form an isosceles triangle (the sacred triangle of antiquity).