Attractions In Aegina Island

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Agios Nectarios
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

Agios Nectarios is home to the island’s patron saint who built the church and lived in the monastery. He died in 1920 and was canonized in 1961 (remarkably soon by Orthodox standards). The monastery is positively enormous and contains two tall bell towers as well as dozens of arches and domes surrounded with windows.

Church of Faneromeni
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

This old church is actually made up of three churches, the largest of which dates back to the 13th century. One of the smaller churches contains a magnificent icon of the Virgin Mary. The church also includes vineyards and orchards, all of which belong to the monastery of Chrisoleontissa.

Church of Profitis Ilias
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

This charming chapel may not contain beautiful icons, murals or metal offerings but it sits in the most privileged position atop the island’s point on Mt. Ellanio (Hellanios). It shares its glory with the remains of a sanctuary of Zeus and the views from the summit of the Saronic Gulf are truly spiritual.

Hellenic Wildlife Hospital (EKPAZ)
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

Aegina is the proud home of the Hellenic Wildlife Hospital (EKPAZ) located just outside the mountain village of Paxia Rachi. It’s the oldest and largest wildlife rehabilitation center in Southern Europe and treats upwards to 4500 animals every year.

Kolona
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

The remains of a Neolithic settlement have been found on the hill of Kolona just one kilometer northwest of Aegina Town.

Monastery of the Virgin Mary Xrisoleontissa
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

Just 2 kilometers south from Agios Nectarios lies the monastery of the Virgin Mary Xrisoleontissa. Its formidable high walls and tower stand testament to the fear of pirate raids which gripped the island. The tower was built in 1600 and the church which currently stands was constructed in 1800. The monastery is known for its carved icon screen, an icon of the Virgin Mary and impressive murals.

Temple of Aphaia
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

This magnificent Doric temple lies just 2 kilometers east of Mesagros on a hill overlooking the turquoise waters of the sea. Impressively 24 of its 34 columns remain, making it one of the best preserved ancient sanctuaries in all of Greece. It was built sometime between 500-480 and its pediments contained scenes of the Greek victory in the Trojan War.

Temple of Apollo
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

The remains of this 6th century sanctuary lie atop the hill of Kolona. It only contains one column, which gives the entire site its name (kolona means column in Greek). The temple itself was rectangular and comprised of 6 columns width-wise and 11 lengthwise. The site also boasts the remains of a temple to Artemis and an archaic cemetery containing graves in which gold jewelry was found.

Temple of Zeus
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

The evocative ruins of this Temple to Zeus lie on top of Mt. Ellanio (also locally known as Oros). The mythical King of Aegina, Aiokos, appealed to the God to send rain during a long drought on the island.

The Archaeological Museum, Kolona
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

Greece’s first Archaeological museum was built by Ioannis Kapodistriou in 1828. The current building was built in 1980 and is located near the archaeological site of Kolona. Several items dating back from the neolithic period are on display and were excavated from the site of Kolona, the Temple of Ellanio Zeus and the Temples of Artemis and Apollo.

The Cathedral
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

Decisions concerning the future of the newly liberated state were made in this first parliament building from 1827 -1828. Touring the Cathedral makes one feel almost as if they are transported back in time to the country’s founding days and the historic artifacts as well as icons and murals make it well worth the visit.

The Christos Kapralos Museum, Kolona
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

This fascinating collection of art is located 3 kilometers northwest of Aegina Town. It’s named after the famous Greek sculptor whose works include pieces made from stone and wood, some of which were inspired by Greek resistance attempts against the Turks and later the Germans. Before his death in 1993, he founded the Christos and Souli Kapralos on Aegina.

The Churches of Palaiohora
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

The region of Palaiohora in the north central region of the island transports its visitors back seven centuries in time when the island lived under the threat of pirate attacks and frequent foreign invasions. These threats convinced the islanders that moving from the coast to the island’s interior would ensure their safety and prosperity.

The Eunardios School of Teaching
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

Next to the Cathedral lies this neoclassical building given to the island in 1830 by a Swiss banker named Eunardios. It was turned into a school of teaching and offered prospective educators three-month training courses.

The Folklore Museum, Aegina Town
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

Located in a restored 18th century building, this museum contains a number of objects which chronicle Aegina’s modern history. The building has a replications of what a typical Aeginetan home may have looked like 200 years ago and includes representations of the lives of fishermen and common villagers.

The Government House
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

Another building which traces its roots back to the early days of the newly formed state is the Government House. The leader of liberated Greece, Ioannis Kapodistriou resided here and the structure also contained offices and records. The island’s modern day archives are stored on the first floor of the building.

The Orphanage
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

First president of the burgeoning Greek state Ioannis Kapodistriou built this orphanage in the southeast section of the city. Aside from serving as a school and shelter for the children who resided here, the building was also home to the National library as well as the country’s first archaeological museum and music school.

The Tower of Markello
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

This rose-colored Venetian tower may be ruined but that only adds charm to the modern state’s first headquarters from 1816-1828. The structure is next to a peaceful square a few streets inland from the harbor and is named after the man who built it. This rose-colored Venetian tower may be ruined but that only adds charm to the modern state’s first headquarters from 1816-1828. The structure is next to a peaceful square a few streets inland from the harbor and is named after the man who built it.

Kolona
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

The remains of a Neolithic settlement have been found on the hill of Kolona just one kilometer northwest of Aegina Town.

Temple of Aphaia
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

This magnificent Doric temple lies just 2 kilometers east of Mesagros on a hill overlooking the turquoise waters of the sea. Impressively 24 of its 34 columns remain, making it one of the best preserved ancient sanctuaries in all of Greece. It was built sometime between 500-480 and its pediments contained scenes of the Greek victory in the Trojan War.

Temple of Apollo
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

The remains of this 6th century sanctuary lie atop the hill of Kolona. It only contains one column, which gives the entire site its name (kolona means column in Greek). The temple itself was rectangular and comprised of 6 columns width-wise and 11 lengthwise. The site also boasts the remains of a temple to Artemis and an archaic cemetery containing graves in which gold jewelry was found.

Temple of Zeus
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

The evocative ruins of this Temple to Zeus lie on top of Mt. Ellanio (also locally known as Oros). The mythical King of Aegina, Aiokos, appealed to the God to send rain during a long drought on the island.

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Agios Nectarios
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

Agios Nectarios is home to the island’s patron saint who built the church and lived in the monastery. He died in 1920 and was canonized in 1961 (remarkably soon by Orthodox standards). The monastery is positively enormous and contains two tall bell towers as well as dozens of arches and domes surrounded with windows.

Church of Faneromeni
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

This old church is actually made up of three churches, the largest of which dates back to the 13th century. One of the smaller churches contains a magnificent icon of the Virgin Mary. The church also includes vineyards and orchards, all of which belong to the monastery of Chrisoleontissa.

Church of Profitis Ilias
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

This charming chapel may not contain beautiful icons, murals or metal offerings but it sits in the most privileged position atop the island’s point on Mt. Ellanio (Hellanios). It shares its glory with the remains of a sanctuary of Zeus and the views from the summit of the Saronic Gulf are truly spiritual.

Monastery of the Virgin Mary Xrisoleontissa
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

Just 2 kilometers south from Agios Nectarios lies the monastery of the Virgin Mary Xrisoleontissa. Its formidable high walls and tower stand testament to the fear of pirate raids which gripped the island. The tower was built in 1600 and the church which currently stands was constructed in 1800. The monastery is known for its carved icon screen, an icon of the Virgin Mary and impressive murals.

The Churches of Palaiohora
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

The region of Palaiohora in the north central region of the island transports its visitors back seven centuries in time when the island lived under the threat of pirate attacks and frequent foreign invasions. These threats convinced the islanders that moving from the coast to the island’s interior would ensure their safety and prosperity.

The Cathedral
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

Decisions concerning the future of the newly liberated state were made in this first parliament building from 1827 -1828. Touring the Cathedral makes one feel almost as if they are transported back in time to the country’s founding days and the historic artifacts as well as icons and murals make it well worth the visit.

The Eunardios School of Teaching
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

Next to the Cathedral lies this neoclassical building given to the island in 1830 by a Swiss banker named Eunardios. It was turned into a school of teaching and offered prospective educators three-month training courses.

The Government House
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

Another building which traces its roots back to the early days of the newly formed state is the Government House. The leader of liberated Greece, Ioannis Kapodistriou resided here and the structure also contained offices and records. The island’s modern day archives are stored on the first floor of the building.

The Orphanage
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

First president of the burgeoning Greek state Ioannis Kapodistriou built this orphanage in the southeast section of the city. Aside from serving as a school and shelter for the children who resided here, the building was also home to the National library as well as the country’s first archaeological museum and music school.

The Tower of Markello
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

This rose-colored Venetian tower may be ruined but that only adds charm to the modern state’s first headquarters from 1816-1828. The structure is next to a peaceful square a few streets inland from the harbor and is named after the man who built it. This rose-colored Venetian tower may be ruined but that only adds charm to the modern state’s first headquarters from 1816-1828. The structure is next to a peaceful square a few streets inland from the harbor and is named after the man who built it.

The Archaeological Museum, Kolona
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

Greece’s first Archaeological museum was built by Ioannis Kapodistriou in 1828. The current building was built in 1980 and is located near the archaeological site of Kolona. Several items dating back from the neolithic period are on display and were excavated from the site of Kolona, the Temple of Ellanio Zeus and the Temples of Artemis and Apollo.

The Christos Kapralos Museum, Kolona
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

This fascinating collection of art is located 3 kilometers northwest of Aegina Town. It’s named after the famous Greek sculptor whose works include pieces made from stone and wood, some of which were inspired by Greek resistance attempts against the Turks and later the Germans. Before his death in 1993, he founded the Christos and Souli Kapralos on Aegina.

The Folklore Museum, Aegina Town
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

Located in a restored 18th century building, this museum contains a number of objects which chronicle Aegina’s modern history. The building has a replications of what a typical Aeginetan home may have looked like 200 years ago and includes representations of the lives of fishermen and common villagers.

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Agios Nectarios
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

Agios Nectarios is home to the island’s patron saint who built the church and lived in the monastery. He died in 1920 and was canonized in 1961 (remarkably soon by Orthodox standards). The monastery is positively enormous and contains two tall bell towers as well as dozens of arches and domes surrounded with windows.

Temple of Aphaia
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

This magnificent Doric temple lies just 2 kilometers east of Mesagros on a hill overlooking the turquoise waters of the sea. Impressively 24 of its 34 columns remain, making it one of the best preserved ancient sanctuaries in all of Greece. It was built sometime between 500-480 and its pediments contained scenes of the Greek victory in the Trojan War.

The Archaeological Museum, Kolona
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

Greece’s first Archaeological museum was built by Ioannis Kapodistriou in 1828. The current building was built in 1980 and is located near the archaeological site of Kolona. Several items dating back from the neolithic period are on display and were excavated from the site of Kolona, the Temple of Ellanio Zeus and the Temples of Artemis and Apollo.

Hellenic Wildlife Hospital (EKPAZ)
Athens & Nearby Islands / Aegina Island

Aegina is the proud home of the Hellenic Wildlife Hospital (EKPAZ) located just outside the mountain village of Paxia Rachi. It’s the oldest and largest wildlife rehabilitation center in Southern Europe and treats upwards to 4500 animals every year.

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