The Temple of Ellanios Zeus
The Ellanios Zeus Temple in Aegina is one of the most interesting archaeological finds. It is the oldest temple in Europe (predating the Trojan War by three generations) and is included in the 500 most historialc and of exceptional natural beauty places in Greece, as well as in the 24 key destinations within the region of Attica.
Located in the center of the island, on Mt. Ellanio, the highest mountain of Aegina (532 m.), at the Sfyrichtres area. You can get there by following the road to Pachia Rachi – Anitseo, 8km from the port of Aegina.
Studies show that the area was inhabited in prehistoric, Hellenistic and Byzantine times. Indeed, finds in the area include remains from the Mycenean civilization, Hellenistic buildings and the ruins of the Byzantine monastery of Agios Nikolaos (14th century).
What survives of the Temple of Zeus today is a wall from the Hellenistic period, and a wide stone staircase which leads to the level where the sanctuary had been built. At the same spot today the chapel of the Prophet Elijah/Ascension is found, made partially of the same material.
The view from the point is unique and if you have what it takes to climb above the Church of the Taxiarches and up to the church of the Prophet Elijah, you can enjoy the entire Saronic bay from one end to the other.