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The city of Athena, goddess

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Saronic Gulf

Sailing is popular in the Saronic Gulf which, like the neighbouring Argolic Gulf, benefits from the Attic mainland's partial shelter from the summer Meltemi wind that can reach Force 7 and above further to the east in the Aegean islands.

The Gulf boasts two particularly notable archaeological sites; the ancient theatre at Epidaurus and nearby asclepieion and the The temple of Aphaia on Aegina.

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The history of Aegina, as it has come down to us, is almost exclusively a history of its relations with the neighbouring state of Athens, which began to compete with the thalassocracy of Aegina at the beginning of the sixth century. Solon passed laws limiting Aeginetan commerce in Attica. The legendary history of these relations, as recorded by Herodotus, involves critical problems of some difficulty and interest. He traces back the hostility of the two states to a dispute about the images of the goddesses Damia and Auxesia, which the Aeginetes had carried off from Epidauros, their parent state.

Athens dominates the Attica periphery and is one of the world's oldest cities, as its recorded history spans around 3,400 years. Classical Athens was a powerful city-state. A centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum, it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, largely due to the impact of its cultural and political achievements during the 5th and 4th centuries BC on the rest of the then known European

Most of the buildings on the harbour are dating from the eighteenth century and there are many churches. The houses are arranged like an amphitheater around the port, defended at both ends by two bastions with cannons.
At the center of the port is the church of the Dormition (also called "The Monastery"), the cathedral of Hydra, built in 1648 and rebuilt in 1774 after being destroyed by an earthquake in 1750. Near the church is the small "and Byzantine Ecclesiastical Museum", housed in the prison
On the left side of the harbor to the north-east, the old powder magazine now hosts the port authorities. Just behind is the "Historical Museum" (founded in 1918 and 1952 state-owned, rebuilt in 1972, which houses relics of the Balkan wars and two world wars, costumes, ship figureheads and a gallery of historical paintings. Follows Tsamados the family home, which now houses the national Academy of merchant Navy.

Poros consists of two islands: Sphairia, the southern part, which is of volcanic origin, where today's city is located, and Kalaureia, also Kalavria or Calauria (meaning 'gentle breeze'), the northern and largest part. A bridge connects the two islands over a narrow isthmus. Poros is an island with rich vegetation. Much of the northern and far eastern/western sides of the island are bushy, whereas large areas of old pine forest are found in the south and center of the island

Salamis is mentioned in Homer's writings. Some sources say it was named after the nymph Salamis, according to legend the mother of Cychreus, the first king of the island). Another theory, that is supported by modern linguistics, considers "Salamis" to come from the root "Sal-" (meaning salty water) and "-amis" (meaning the middle); thus Salamis = (the place) amid salt water.

The island was inhabited in the Mycenaean era (on the island there are archaeological remains dating back to 2000 BC), derives its present name from "Spice Island", a term coined by Venetians (who control it from the thirteenth to the fifteenth century) in reference to the large number of aromatic plants that grow there. Characteristic of the place is public transportation that is provided only by horse-drawn carriages. There is a bus service to reach the different beaches scattered around the entire perimeter of the coast.

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