Must see attractions in Aegina

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    Paleohora

    This enchanting remote hillside is dotted with the remains of a Byzantine village. More than 30 surviving churches punctuate the rocky heights of the original citadel, and several have been refurbished. They are linked by a network of paths, carpeted with wildflowers in spring. The ancient town of Paleohora was Aegina’s capital from the 9th century through the medieval period and was only abandoned during the 1820s.

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    Temple of Aphaia

    The well-preserved remains of this impressive temple stand proudly on a pine-covered hill with far-reaching views over the Saronic Gulf. Built in 480 BC, it celebrates a local deity of pre-Hellenic times. The temple’s pediments were originally decorated with splendid Trojan War sculptures, most of which were stolen in the 19th century and now decorate Munich’s Glyptothek. Panels throughout the site are also in English.

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    Temple of Apollo

    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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    Christos Capralos Museum

    The home and studio of acclaimed sculptor Christos Capralos (1909–93), on the coast near Livadi, 1.5km north of Aegina Town, has been made into a museum displaying many of his fluid, powerful works. Monumental sculptures include the 40m-long Pindus Frieze.

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    Moni Hrysoleontissas

    This imposing 17th-century monastery is in a remote central part of Aegina and is surrounded by high walls built by the monks to ward off pirates. At one time the monastery owned much of the island.

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    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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    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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    Folklore Museum

    Peruse historical clothing, housewares and artwork recreating the mood of old-time island life.