The colonnade of Echo

The colonnade of Echo was a long colonnade on the eastern edge of the sacred domain. It was situated between the temple of Zeus and the sports fields (the running track and the hippodrome). It was built in the fourth century BC, probably by king Philip II.

The name 'colonnade of Echo' or 'heptaechos' ('seven echoes') is due to an acoustic peculiarity : sounds re-echoed seven times or more in it. For this reason, the contests of heralds and trumpeters were held here. It was also called "painted stoa", because of the frescoes decorating the interior.

© KU Leuven, 2012