Stoa of Attalos

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Athens, Greece; c.140 BCE

A stoa is a covered porch that has been constructed as an independent building. It developed in ancient Greece, from obscure origins, and the known examples are monumental, but earlier versions may have vanished without trace. The typical stoa is a long narrow building, with a solid wall along one of the long sides and an open colonnade along the other. If it were part of a house, it would be called a loggia, or maybe a verandah, but a stoa is a public building rather than a domestic space.

The Stoa of Attalos is the best-known example of this building-type because of its prominence in central Athens, ...

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