The great TEMPLE OF POSEIDON
The great TEMPLE OF POSEIDON Sounio Reviews
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Located 65 km southeast of Athens, along scenic Highway 91, is the wonderful temple dedicated to the God of the Seas TEMPLE OF POSEIDON. Built in the 5th century B.C., at the tip of the Attica peninsula, it is surrounded on three sides by the Sea. It is a popular day excursion for tourists from Athens, with the sunset over the Aegean Sea a sought-after spectacle.
What a thrill it was for us on the sailboats, as we passed the temple.
The earliest literary reference to Sounion is in Homer's poem "The Odyssey".
A temple dedicated to Athena has only the foundation remaining.
One of the temples columns has the English poet Lord Byron's name carved in it
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The great TEMPLE OF POSEIDON Nov 29, 2012
The great temple of Poseidon is by far my favorite temple from all of the 12 olympian gods of ancient greece. why? because the temple was constructed mixed with ancient engineering and mythological beliefs of the ancient greeks. according to some legends, the temple sits exactly at the focal point where the four great gods of winds of the earth meet - boreas (the god of the north wind - the violent wind), notus (the god of the south wind - the harbinger of storm), eurus (the east wind) and zephyrus (the god of the west wind - the good wind), they are basically called: the anemoi - the wind directions.
the temple is dedicated to poseidon - the great god of the seas and of earthquakes. the temple was erected around 480 bc at the very edge of attica peninsula - the last bastion of the athenians. it was also the place where the ancient greek sailors have to pass through whether coming or going out from athens by ships where the temple on the top of the cliff loomed above them, probably humbling the ancient greek sailors that poseidon as the god of the seas will always have a final word of their destiny in their quest across the unpredictable high seas.
the great temple was constructed of the doric type and with a great hall of worship and as of this date - only 15 columns remains of the original 42 from thousands of years of abuse.
the temple of poseidon isnt the only ruin in the archaeological site, there is also a much older temple - a sanctuary dedicated to athina sounias on the lower slopes.
the archaeological site is very much accesible from athens - there is a bus station located between omonia and victoria stations, just ask the people around the bus going to sounio, the bus company is K.T.E.L. it is not hard to miss as it is located in a big crossing. there are two routes to sounio - the inland and the coastal route - i recommend the coastal route because the drive there is spectacular - along the saronikos kolpos. the timetable is every 30 minutes but different schedule in wintertime. the entrance fee is really cheap. there are people who are always in the lookout if youre stepping/crossing over cable fence of the no-zone for tourists - its quite irritating because they are always behind you but it is their duty to safeguard their archaeological heritage from vandalism.
there is also a service point for tourists - toilets, a restaurant, a cafe and a small gift shop for souvenirs - it is also the drop off point for the buses.
all in all i really recommend going here - its a perfect getaway from athens even if youre only staying for a couple of days - the views from attika peninsula are short of the world spectacular and its really windy!
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