Photo of the week: The columns of Theseion

Still standing, the columns of Theseion bear the marks of 25 centuries of geological and historic events. Shaken out of their alignment by earthquakes and pockmarked with bullet holes from the civil war of the late forties, they still support the best preserved ancient temple in Greece.

Mistakenly known as Thisseion, the temple was in fact not dedicated to the mythical hero, Thesseus, but to Athena Ergane and Hephestus (Minerva and Vulcan in Latin), protectors of artisans and craftsmen.

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