Northwest of the port, ruined walls, cisterns and broken pillars in honey-coloured stone are lorded over by a solitary surviving column. It’s all that’s left of a 5th-century-BC temple that was once part of an ancient acropolis (built on a prehistoric site). The informative Sanctuary Museum has translations in English and German.
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Nearby Aegina attractions
1. Folklore Museum
Peruse historical clothing, housewares and artwork recreating the mood of old-time island life.
2. Christos Capralos Museum
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3. Moni Agiou Nektariou
This large modern monastery in central Aegina marks the turn-off for the road to Paleohora Byzantine village and churches.
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6. Temple of Ellanios Zeus
This temple ruin sits on top of the mountain Ellanio Oros (532m) in the south of central Aegina.
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