Our Island

THE TOWN OF AEGINA

The city of Aegina is the capital city of the island and it’s located on the west side. It’s built amphitheatrical towards the sea. When you enter the harbor, the small, white church of Saint Nikolas welcomes you.

Your first impession is the modern type classical buildings, which are located along the sea front of the island and have terristrial shade colors which make them look even more beautiful at sunset. The economic and social life of Aegina is centralized on the coastal road and the parallel roads.

Take a ride on the horses and the carriages, walk in the narrow, paved streets and see the traditional houses, the churches with the blue domes and the shops with folk art.

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Kolona

Kolona is an archaeological place and due to its findings, history has information on Ancient Aegina. It’s located on the left from the harbour of Aegina and it was the Acropolis in Aegina in the Ancient times. It was the religious and political base of the city. It was named after it’s only pillar which remains until today. Kolona was first inhabited in 3500 b.c. which was the copper era.

The settlement was protected by a wall which was built in 3000 b.c. The settlement was destroyed about ten times and it was re-built.

The northern walls have been saved which were built in around 1600 b.c. along with some ruins that are dated back to 1300 b.c.

In the southern part there are remains of Byzantine buildings and priests’ residences.

Temple of Athena

The temple of Athena Aphaia is built in the northern part of the island in a place covered with pine trees and with a view of the beautiful blue sea.It’s in a very good condition. Twenty-four pillars of the temple remain, out of a total of 34.

It has been built in 480 b.c. just after the naval battle in Salamina. Pafsanias gives us more information about Aphaia from some traditions in Crete.According to those, Vritomartis was born from Zeus and Karmi and because she liked hunting very much, Goddess Artemis was fond of her.

Minoas fell in love with Virtomartis and in order to get away from him, she fell into the sea where she got tangled up in some fishermen’s nets and they took her with them on their ship.

But on the ship, a sailor fell in love with Vritomartis so she was forced to fall into the sea again in order to get away from him and she managed to swim to the island.

The girl headed towards the forest of the island and the sailors watched her from the ship as she was vanishing with some kind of holy intervention and that’s why they named her Aphaia from the word afandos which in greek means that someone has vanished into thin air.

When the atmosphere is clear, you can see Poseidon’s temple in Sounio and the Acropolis of Athens. It is said that the 3 temples form a triangle (the holy triangle of ancient times).