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August is a very hot month to be in the center of Athens. This girl found the opportunity to take a break in the shadow of the Stoa of Attalos.

The Stoa of Attalos (also spelled Attalus) is recognised as one of the most impressive stoa in the Athenian Agora. It was built by and named after King Attalos II of Pergamon who ruled between 159 BC and 138 BC.The dimensions are 115 by 20 metres wide and comprised of Pentelic marble and limestone.

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

The stoa was in frequent use until it was destroyed by the Heruli in 267. The ruins became part of a fortification wall, which made it easily seen in modern times. In the 1940s, the Stoa of Attalos was fully reconstructed and made into a museum, the Ancient Agora Museum in Athens. The building is particularly important in the study of ancient monuments because the reconstruction of 1952 - 1956 replicates the original building.

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