Rhypae

The classical town of Rhypai, mentioned by Pausanias directly before Aegion in its list from west to east (7.6.1) is usually located near the village of Koúmari on the hill called Trapeza about 7 km. southwest of Aegion. It was razed to the ground by Emperor Augustus, and its inhabitants were deported to Patras to boost the population of that city. Excavations from 1996 have supplemented the very scarce remains on Mount Trapeza with the ruins of a huge Doric temple, now covered to protect the remains from extreme temperature differences. Particularly good to see are the bronze or lead cleats that the Greeks used to put the enormous blocks of foundations together like with a kind of staple. Further excavations must expose more buildings (photo below left).