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Historical Sights in the Saronic

Although this archipelago is considered small in comparison to others, the simple fact that they are so close to Athens and the mainland has always made them important throughout the history of Greece.

Although this archipelago is considered small in comparison to others, the simple fact that they are so close to Athens and the mainland has always made them important throughout the history of Greece.

The island of Aegina has a variety of historically significant sights seeing as it was occupied by different cultures and civilizations throughout its existence. Traces of prehistoric man, ancient Greeks, Byzantine and medieval remains are scattered throughout the island. Leaving much to be discovered here till this very day. Hydra and Spetses had a reputation as merchants, and their fleets of ships were considered valuable to trading in the Mediterranean. These very ships would later be responsible and used as tools in helping achieve victory for the Greeks during the Greek War of Independence in 1821.

The islands have played a vital role in the independence of the county. Just before reaching Aegina is the island of Salamina, where one of the most important naval battles in world history took place. It is here where the Athenians defeated Xerxes. By looking back briefly into the past of this region it is easy to understand why there are a variety of interesting sights to visit during your yacht sailing vacation in Saronic.

5 Historically sights you can visit in the Saronic

Temple of Aphaia: Aegina

The Temple of Aphaia is a Greek temple on the island of Aegina in the Saronic Gulf, it was built in 500 BC. The site was chosen for its unique location and views of the surrounding areas. It is perched on the top of a hill, overlooking the sea and the nearby town of Aegina. The temple was built in the Doric order, and is one of the earliest examples of the order in Greek architecture. It is an important archaeological site, and has been extensively studied by scholars. It is one of the best-preserved temples from the Classical Greek period, and is an important example of early classical architecture. Supposedly the daughter of Zeus, Aphaia threw herself into the sea to escape King Minos who had fallen deeply in love with her. She landed into fishing nets and was captured by fishermen. It is said that one of these fishermen also fell madly in love with her, forcing her to again jump into the sea to escape. She swam to the island of Aegina escaping to the forest for cover. When the fisherman came to find her it is said she became miraculously invisible. This is where her name is said to have derived from, Aphaia meaning invisible or unseen.

Monastery of Zoodohos: Poros
The Zoodochos Pigi Monastery (also known as the Monastery of the Life-Giving Spring) is a Greek Orthodox monastery located in Poros. It was founded in the 18th century and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The monastery is well known for its healing spring, which is said to have miraculous powers. Located 4 km east of the main town, built on the slope of a pine forest. It was founded in 1720 by Archbishop Iakovos the 2nd. It is said to have cured him from his illness of lithiasis when drinking from the fresh water spring in the area. He would quickly declare this a miracle and see that the monastery was built. It served as a refuge for soldiers during Greece’s war for independence. During this time many of the country’s soldiers came to the monastery to pray and find peace. The graves of admiral Manolis Tombazis and Nikolaos Apostolis are also found on the monastery grounds. After the Greek War of Independence in 1821 the first orphanage and Ecclesiastical School were founded at the monastery. It is an exceptional place to visit, with incredibly beautiful natural landscapes and fort-like architecture. It contains high walls, an imposing structure and magical views.

Laskarina Bouboulina: Spetses
Laskarina Bouboulina (1771-1825) was a Greek naval commander and heroine of the Greek War of Independence. Born and raised in the Greek islands of Hydra and Spetses, Bouboulina amassed a considerable fortune through trading and real estate and used the money to finance the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire. During the war, she commanded several ships, the most famous being the Agamemnon, and her bravery and resourcefulness led her to be awarded with the rank of admiral by the provisional government of Greece. After the war, she settled in Nafplio, where she built a formidable fleet and became one of the first female admirals of the Mediterranean. She was also an outspoken advocate of women’s rights and a philanthropist, providing financial support to orphanages, schools, and churches. Her legacy lives on in Greece and she is celebrated as a national hero. The home of Laskarina Bouboulina is located in Spetses. It was built in the early 1800s and is a two-story stone house. The house was originally built by her father, Stavrianos Bouboulina, and it was here that she grew up. After the Greek War of Independence, Bouboulina returned to Spetses and resided in her family home until her death in 1825. Today, the home is a museum and a popular tourist attraction, as it is a reminder of the courage and patriotism of this remarkable Greek heroine.

Historical Archive Museum: Hydra
Originally founded in 1918, then later demolished and rebuilt in 1972. It is dedicated to preserving and displaying the cultural and historical heritage of the island. The museum houses a large collection of documents, photographs, and artifacts from the islands past dating back to the 18th century. It is a treasure trove of the history of the island and is split into three sections. The archives, which include information on the traditions and culture of the island. Secondly the museum, filled with artifacts from the 18th, 19th, and 20th century. Such items include swords, navigation, weapons, and traditional costumes. Finally the library, which contains over 4,000 books dating back to the 19th century and is constantly updated with any historically significant content that comes into its possession. An excellent place to visit for those interested in the history of the region and who also want to see some historical items and literature.

Temple of Poseidon: Sounion
Usually your last stop before returning to Athens. The Temple of Poseidon at Sounion is an ancient Greek temple dedicated to the god of the sea in classical mythology. It is located on the southernmost tip of the Attica peninsula in Greece, overlooking the Aegean Sea. The temple was built in around 440 BC and is one of the most important surviving monuments of classical Greek architecture. The foundation of the temple, along with other structures in the area, is attributed to the Athenian statesman Pericles. The temple is built in the Doric order and is composed of six columns on the short sides and thirteen columns on the long sides. The temple has been partially restored and is open to visitors. It is composed completely of white marble, and is surrounded by the intoxicating colors of the sea, mountainous landscapes, and breathtaking scenery. This location has been welcoming visitors for almost 2500 years and only seems that it will continue this tradition into the future.

The Saronic Islands are a beautiful and diverse group of islands located off the coast of mainland Greece. They offer a wide variety of activities and attractions for visitors, from beautiful beaches to ancient ruins and plenty of outdoor activities. With an idyllic Mediterranean climate and stunning landscapes, they are an ideal destination for those looking for a relaxing holiday or a fun weekend getaway. Whether you’re seeking a romantic retreat, a family vacation, or simply a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the Saronic Islands are sure to provide many memories and moments of pleasure.


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