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walls of masonry. A little to the S. is a terrace, with some ruins,
probably belonging to the subsidiary buildings of the sanctuary.
If an early enough start have been made to allow of our leav¬
ing the temple-ruins by midday, we may visit on the same day the
Oros, the highest point of the island. On our way thither along
the E. coast we pass the bay oi St. Marina, the one natural har¬
bour of the island, but deprived of importance by its distance from
the fertile districts. Our somewhat fatiguing route passes Portaes
and other shepherds' stations and in 2y2 hrs. reaches the chapel
of Hagios Asdmatos (Holy Angel, i.e. the Archangel Michael), near
which once stood a temple of Aphaea, a goddess somewhat re¬
sembling Artemis. There are a few traces of the terrace and en¬
circling wall of the sanctuary. Hence a steep climb of 3/4 hr. takes
us to the summit.
The *Oros (1742 ft.), now named St. Elias after a chapel on its
summit, is the most conspicuous point in the entire Saronic Gulf
and attracts the eye of every traveller who sails across the gulf from
the E. or S. Before rain the clouds gather round its peak, a cir¬
cumstance manifestly referred to in the legend that once after a
long drought jEakos, at the request of the Greeks, besought his father
Zeus for rain, and that when the prayer was granted a temple was
erected to Zeus on the mountain. The spot was certainly a seat of
the cult of Zeus Panhellenios, but it possessed only a large altar
and no temple. Relics of the old encircling wall, which followed
the crest in a curving line, may still be traced; and a few ancient
blocks have been built into the walls of the chapel.
The View is particularly fine. We survey almost the entire island,
the only part hidden being the hill of Palaeochora, behind Mt. Saldne. The
town of jEgina in very conspicuous. No other point affords so comprehen¬
sive a view of the Saronic Gulf, with Salamis, the Methouridae near Me¬
gara, the Diapdria between iEgina and the promontory of Speiraeon, An¬
gistri and the other small islands, the peninsula of Methana, the island
of Kalauria, and Hagios Georgios (p. 130); while the Attic Coast, Megaris,
Corinth and its isthmus, Epidauros and a great part of the Argolic Penin¬
sula, and lastly the island of Hydra, also fall within the view.
We descend to the Chapel of Hagios Asomatos (see above), and
then passing Bajerdki and another smaller village, we re-enter the
capital of the island in about 2 hrs.
11. Syra, Mykonos, and Delos.
From the Piraeus to Syra steamboats ply almost daily in 9-10 hrs.
(the Austrian Lloyd steamers twice a week, and the Greek Steamers on the
other days; fares 13 fr. 50, 9 fr. 90 c; comp. pp. xix-xxii), usually leav¬
ing the Piraeus in the evening and arriving in Syra about 6 a.m. — From
Stra to Mykonos steamers of the Hellenic Company (p. xxi) ply once a
week in 3 hrs., leaving on Sun. morning, and starting for the return-
journey at noon the same day. — From Mykonos to Delos we proceed by
sailing-boat, accomplishing the distance in 1 hr. if the wind be favour¬
able. To see Delos properly takes at least one day. The whole excursion
absorbs a great deal of time and is scarcely worth the trouble except for