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Aigosthena (Porto Germeno)

Aigosthena (Porto Germeno) is a small resort facing the eastern Corinthian Gulf. There is an archaeological site dating back to the late Classic/ early Hellenistic and the Byzantine periods.

Fortress of Aigosthena

Fortress of Aigosthena

Aigosthena is scarcely documented in ancient literature. Consequently the datation of the fortification should be based on the architectural style and the historical background. According to the information board on site, the most probable theory is that the Athenians and the Megarans constracted it in 343BC, when they made an alliance to prepare for the threat from the Thebans.

Towenr, Fortress of Aigosthena

Towenr, Fortress of Aigosthena

The acropolis was on the hilltop and the fortification wall is best preserved there. The wall actually continues to the sea so that also the port can be protected by it.

The tower of the south corner of the acropolis (in the photo below) is the best preserved.

Tower, Fortification of Aigosthena

Tower, Fortification of Aigosthena

The same tower from close. Built in square plan of 8.8 x 8.8 meters and about 18 m high.

Tower, Fortress of Aigosthena

Tower, Fortress of Aigosthena

A back gate of the eastern part of the Acropolis fortification.

Back Gate of the Fortification, Aigosthena

Back Gate of the Fortification, Aigosthena

It must have been used to make sortie as well.

An extension of the wall reaching to the sea.

Fortification wall, Aigosthena

Fortification wall, Aigosthena

 

Reference

  • Christopher Mee & Antony Spawforth, Greece. An Oxford Archaeological Guide. Oxford/ OUP, 2001, p. 133-136.
  • Information Board in the site

Vouliagmeni Lake, Attica

The Lake Vouliagméni is situated on the west coast of Attika peninsula, on the way to go to Sounio from Athens. 

Vouliagmeni Lale

Vouliagmeni Lale

We got “Γ1 (gamma ena)” bus from Pireas, which runs hourly and takes about three quarters of an hour, to get there (€1.20). From Athens you can get the same bus as the one takes you to the Cape Sounio via Gryfada, or come to Neo Faliro by bus, metro or tram to get Γ1.

Vouligameni Lake

Vouligameni Lake

The lake, situated just by the sea, is famous for its curative power; it said to be effective against rheumatism and all sorts of skin diseases. For this reason, the majority of the visitors are elderly. And for some reason, there seems to be some younger visitors from the Eastern Europe.

Please note that it is prohibited to bath in the lake with sun-lotion on. 

Vouliagmeni Lake

Vouliagmeni Lake

The entrance fee is €9 during the weekdays and  €10 during the weekend (Summer 2014; there are reduced tariff for children and eldery citizens) and it includes the use of the changing room, shower, toilets, parasols, and chairs (although you might not find any free parasols during the peak season peak hours).

Waiters bring you coffee and light bites on request, but the price tends to be higher than the standard (€5 for a Nescafe Frappé). There is also a taverna on the same site, and, if you prefer a nicer place, there is also a restaurant (called, O Lambros) just on the other side of the highway by the sea. 

In the lake there are a lot of small black fish commonly called “Kalógries”. The word means “nuns” in Greek, and must come from its black colour. If you put your feet in the water, these small creatures come to ‘eat’ you (or whatever on your skin). These are the same fish used in ‘fish spas’.

kalogries

kalogries

The facilities in Vouliagmeni Lake have been refurbished recently. I have not been there since the renewal and cannot tell you how it is now. Please refer to the new website.

http://www.limnivouliagmenis.gr/en/

In the photo below is the coast line of Vouliagméni, just outside the lake. Near the lake, I did not see any bathing facilities, but people do swim here. You may need a parasol, as there are not so many places you can avoid the sun.

Vouliagmeni

Vouliagmeni

References

  • Robin Barber, Greece (Blue Guide), London/ A&C Black, 2001 (revised reprint of the 1995 sixth edition), pp. 124-125.

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Amphiaraion, Attica

Amphiaraion, on the northern coast of Attika facing Evvia (Euboia) island, was a sanctuary dedicated to a hero called Amphiaraos who was believed to deliver oracles and cure.

Amphiaraion

Ruins of Amphiaraion

Amphiaraos was a hero from Argos and one of the “Seven against Thebes” (who attacked Thebes in a mythical/legendary war between the two sons of king Oedipus). On his way back to Argos, defeated Amphiaraos was swallowed into the earth together with this chariot.

The Oropians took up his cult and developped a cult center at this place where there was already a healing spa. Those who wished for oracles should sacrifice a ram and pass one night in stoa wrapped him/herseilf in the pelt from the sacrificed animal so that the oracle was to given in his/her sleep. Those who were suffering from illness wished for the cure in their sleep as well as took advantage of the healing spa.

The Enkoimiterion in the photo above is the stoa where the people slept seeking for oracle and cure.

Reference

  • Robin Barbar, Greece (Blue Guide), London- N.Y. 2001 (Revised reprint of the 6th edition of 1995), p. 168-67.

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