Aphaia Aegina

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Peloponnese, Greece

plan of the temple of Aphaia on Aegina, 500 BC

The Temple of Aphaia on Aegina


The developments during the 6th century BC in the Doric order lead to the possibility of building a temple with six columns at the front and twelve at the sides. We take as an example the temple of Aphaia at Aegina island around 500 BC.

This temple is shorter and shows that the columns are inclined slightly inwards and the corner pillars are thicker than the other, and so (optical) they create an upward pressure. The height of the columns here amounts 5,33 times the diameter at the base. They are so much slimmer than those of the temple of Apollo at Corinth.

temple of Aphaia on the island of Aegina

photo: internet

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