Reformation plan for the temple of Aphaia

Reformation plan for the temple of Aphaia
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Posted by Greeka on 22 Jan 2009

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The Central Archaeological Council and the Municipality of Piraeus have decided to set a reformation plan for the archaeological site around the temple of Athena Aphaia on Aegina, one of the most visited places on the island.

The plan includes the construction of a new entrance and of a paved path that will lead to the temple. A gift shop and a ticket stand will also be built as well as a waiting room for the visitors. Moreover, according to the plan, a guard stone wall will be built around the site, which will also be lightened. The whole reformation costs about 920,000 euros.

The temple of Athena Aphaia was built in 489 B.C., right after the Sea Battle of Salamina between the Athenians and the Persians. The myth says that Afaia was a woman who fell into the sea to escape from the persistent love of king Minos from Crete. After her drowning, she would appear on the island as a ghost.

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