Restoring the Palace of Philip II at Aigai
|The Palace of Philip at Aigai [Credit: The Greek|
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The study was impressively presented by Angeliki Kottaridi, Head of the 17th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities and in charge, among others for all mounting, conservation and restoration works taking place in the necropolis and the palace of Aigai. Equally impressive were the images and information on the vast architectural complex, which, covering 12,500 sq. m., consists the largest and ( alongside the Parthenon) the most important building of Classical Greece.
|The main entrance of the Palace at Aigai|
In detail, two impressive colonnades (stoas), the first completely developed two-storied stoas known from Greek architecture, were situated E, flanking the building’s entrance and containing seating benches for at least 120 individuals. The monumental entrance of the portico (propylon) , where 3,500 selected Macedonians were passing to enter to the peristyle court (peristylion) , the building’s heart, which was operating as an Agora. All the above spaces (and wherever else possible) are to be restored, by using ancient and modern material, in order to preserve tha building’s authenticity. A decistion is yet to be made on proceeding with securing the site’s N slope, as scholars are still working on the subject.
Source: ANA-MPA via Archaiologia Online [January 10, 2014]