Not visible today, but discovered by the archaeologists below the area you have just crossed between the altar and the storehouse, was a particularly early example of a stoa—a structure that was later to dominate Greek civic architecture. The roof of the 70m long, south stoa of the 7th century bc would have been supported by wooden columns, and was positioned (running NW–SE) so as to look onto the bank of the river-course at that time. It was later eliminated by the building of Rhoecus’s temple. In the mid 6th century, another, much longer, north stoa was constructed along the northern perimeter of the sanctuary, perforated by a gate towards its eastern end.

Samos Island is part of the Northern Aegean Island Group, Greece.

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