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There may be many other monuments from the antique times, but the Stoa at the bottom of the Acropolis is very particular, because it has been completely rebuilt, and it has the appearence of what these great works may have looked like in those days. Kindly read also Wikipedia note.
I found theese rows of columns irrestible, and tried to find angles and corners where pedestrians could show up better. Because I had no tripod, I had a problem with the aperture and even at F: 8 I was forced to boost my ISO to 500. No problem with D700 some will say, OK, but nevertheless I would have preferred a tripod and an aperture of at least F:16. Another problem was about the people I wanted to include, mostly tourists with shorts and backpacks. The Stoa of Attalos (also spelled Attalus) is recognised as one of the most impressive stoĉ in the Athenian Agora. It was built by and named after King Attalos II of Pergamon who ruled between 159 BC and 138 BC.

Typical of the Hellenistic age, the stoa was more elaborate and larger than the earlier buildings of ancient Athens. The stoa's dimensions are 115 by 20 metres wide and it is made of Pentelic marble and limestone. The building skillfully makes use of different architectural orders. The Doric order was used for the exterior colonnade on the ground floor with Ionic for the interior colonnade. This combination had been used in stoas since the Classical period and was by Hellenistic times quite common. On the first floor of the building, the exterior colonnade was Ionic and the interior Pergamene. Each story had two aisles and twenty-one rooms lining the western wall. The rooms of both stories were lighted and vented through doorways and small windows located on the back wall. There were stairways leading up to the second story at each end of the stoa. The building is similar in its basic design to the Stoa that Attalos' brother, and predecessor as king, Eumenes II had erected on the south slope of the Acropolis next to the theatre of Dionysus. The main difference is that Attalos' stoa had a row of rooms at the rear on the ground floor that have been interpreted as shops

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The inside of the restored Stoa of Attalos.The stoa is identified as a gift to the city of Athens for the education that Attalos received there. A dedicatory inscription on the architrave is engraved as built by Attalos II, ruler of Pergamon from 159 BC to 138 BC.

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