Island of Hydra, Poros, Aegina
Island of Hydra
Hydra, a barren, rocky island, has become a cosmopolitan artists’ center in recent years. It’s modern history dates from the 15th Century but rose to prominence as a shipping power in the 18th Century, winning the appellation “Little England”, as a result.
This maritime tradition has continued into our own time in the island’s Merchant Navy Training School. And the 18th and 19th Century mansions surrounding the port still testify to its earliest wealth and grandeur.
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Island of Aegina
Mythology relates that Aegina is named after the daughter of Asopos who was abducted by Zeus The god transported her to the then deserted island and fathered a son, Aiakos, who afterwards became one of the three judges of the underworld. According to archaeological evidence, Aegina was inhabited from the Neolithic era and is considered to be the birthplace of Aristophanes. Pausanias writes that near the harbor there were temples dedicated to Aphrodite, Apollo, Artemis, Dionysus and Asclepiads. Nothing of these remain but a single Doric column from the 6th Century, the Temple of Apollo on the small picturesque hillock, called “Kolona”.
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Island of Poros
Poros is a volcanic island, formed through the union of two smaller islands, Kalouria and Sphaeria. It lies in close proximity to the Argolid, separated from the Peloponeese by an extremely narrow channel. Archaeological buffs will want to visit the scant remains of the Sanctuary of Poseidon, 5km from the town of Poros on the road to the Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi.
The sanctuary is situated, like so many ancient temples, amidst the most beautiful setting on the island. It dates back to the 6th Century BC and was the centre of the Kalaurian League, a maritime confederation formed by Ermioni, Epidaurus, Nafplio, Aigina, Athens and Orchomenos. It was also a refuge for those shipwrecked or persecuted. It was here that Demosthenes is said … read more