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Europe is one of the five inhabited traditional continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, west of Asia. Alike the other continents, Europe has thousands of surprising discoveries, tourist attractions, natural beauty, marvelous surroundings and remarkable cities. Aegina is one such popular tourist attraction in Europe that is blessed with unique and marvelous surroundings.
Aegina is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece in the Saronic Gulf, 50 kilometers from Athens. Tradition derives the name from Aegina, the mother of Aeacus, who was born in and ruled the island. The island forms part of the modern Uomos of Attica and Boeotia, of which it forms an eparchy. The capital is the town of Aegina, situated at the northwestern end of the island, the summer residence of many Athenian merchants. Presently, Aegina covers a total land area of 87.41 square kilometers with a total population of 13,552 inhabitants as of 2001 census.
The history of Aegina has its relations with the neighboring 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.
Herodotus traces back the resentment 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. The Epidaurians had been accustomed to make annual offerings to the Athenian deities Athena and Erechtheus in payment for the Athenian olive-wood of which the statues were made.
One of the earliest historical facts is its membership in the League of Calauria Calaurian Amphictyony, ca. 8th century BC, which included, besides Aegina, Athens, the Minyan Boeotian Orchomenos, Troezen, Hermione, Nauplia and Prasiae, and was probably an organization of city-states that were still Mycenaean, for the purpose of suppressing piracy in the Aegean that arose as a result of the decay of the naval supremacy of the Mycenaean princes.

Like some of its sister cities and towns in the Saronic Islands, Aegina is blessed with beautiful surroundings and a unique natural setting. The picturesque scenery, the majesty of the mountains, the slow pace of life, and the welcoming nature of its people all combine to make this region one of the most important touristic attractions in Venezuela.

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