Stoa of Philip V restoration under way on Delos

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At the end of 2017, the three phases of the preliminary work being carried out under the three-year program for the restoration of the Stoa of Philip V were completed, the Greek Culture Ministry said.

Stoa of Philip V restoration under way on Delos
Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports

The program, with a total budget of 550,000 euros, is implemented by the Ephorate of Antiquities of the Cyclades and is financed entirely by the Pavlos and Alexandros Kanellopoulos Foundation.

Stoa of Philip V restoration under way on Delos
Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports

Built entirely of marble, the imposing stoa was constructed by Philip V of Macedonia in 210 BC in honour of Apollo. It is 72 metres long and 11 metres wide, and was once supported by 16 Doric columns.

Stoa of Philip V restoration under way on Delos
Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports

The Stoa of Philip V is one of the first monuments that the visitor to the archaeological site of Delos encounters. It is located south of Apollo’s Sanctuary and, together with the South Stoa, defines the Sacred Road, which ends in the Propylaea.

Today the building is preserved only at the level of its foundations, but a wealth of ancient architectural fragments are preserved, which will facilitate restoration.

Philip V was king of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedonia from 221 to 179 BC.

Source: ANA-MPA [January 23, 2018]

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