Ag. Marina in Aegina is located 17,5 nautical miles from Piraeus, a small paradise surprisingly close to the capital. Aegina enjoyed a brief moment of glory, from 1828 to 1829, as the first capital of the Greek State, which emerged after the struggle for independence against Ottoman Empire. The Doric Style Temple of Afea, in Ag. Marina, built in the 8th Century B.C, similar in architecture to the Parthenon is well worth a visit, while just a short distance from Ag. Marina is the imposing Agios Nektarios Monastery and Church, excellent example of the Byzantine Orthodox architecture.