by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
June 4, 2003
The Temple itself dates from 5th century BC, earlier than the Parthenon in Athens. The site is called Colonna because there is only one remaining column that stands on a low hill near the northern edge of town. At first glance it is pretty disappointing and a good imagination is necessary to picture it in all its Doric glory. The site itself is right at the edge of the coast with colorful wildflowers sprouting among the ruins. A narrow trail circles much of the site with the clear aqua water of the Mediterranean below
as well as views of the town harbor in the distance. A small grove of trees at the
site provides the only shade as well as a sense of serenity to the place.
part of the site is the museum which features artifacts from all over Greece. It consists of three separate rooms as well as a square courtyard that displays a collection of grave stelai. Some of these are from the original collection of Greece’s first museum and many come from a cemetery in Delos.
Inside the museum is a large collection of ceramic pottery, black pottery vases, drinking cups, figurines, urns, storage jars, and vases from many areas in Greece including Corinth and
Attica. A few of the more impressive pieces in the musuem are a marble head of a man from the Sancturary of Apollo and fragments from the eastern front section of the Temple of Aphaia. The first two rooms are well labelled but the third seemed to be in a transition phase so it was hard to identify some of the displays.
Adult admission is 3 euro and the site is closed on Mondays. It is about a 10 minute walk from Aegina town harbor. Although the museum is nice, I wouldn’t recommend this as a major point of interest on the island unless you have a keen interest in archaeology and Greek history.
From journal Amazing Aegina