Sounio - Poseidon's Consolation Prize

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Temple of Poseidon & Mediterranean

 

Sounio - Poseidon's Consolation Prize

 

Built in the 5th Century B.C., the Temple of Poseidon sits high on the southernmost tip of the Attiki peninsula.

 

According to mythology, the god Poseidon and the goddess Athena once fought to see who would rule Athens and the Acropolis upon which the Parthenon stands. To win the city over, Poseidon threw a spear at the ground and produced the spring at the Acropolis. However, Athena won the battle and the hearts of the people by giving them the olive tree.

 

Poseidon was forced to look elsewhere for a temple to honor him. Since he was the god of the seas, the ancient people of Greece built a temple at the peak of a cliff in Sounio which overlooks the Aegean Sea. Even to this day, all ships wanting to pass through the Aegean must sail by Poseidon’s temple.

 

The English poet, Lord Byron, visited the site in 1810. He was so moved by the temple's location and appearance, he carved his name onto one of the columns and included its descriptions in some of his poems. Below is just one example:

 

"Place me on Sounion's marbled steep

Where nothing save the waves and I

May hear our mutual murmurs sweep

There, swanlike, let me sing and die." 

 

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Temple of Poseidon & Mediterranean
Temple of Poseidon & Mediterranean
View on coastal road to Sounio
View on coastal road to Sounio
Temple of Poseidons bluff
Temple of Poseidon's bluff
Fortress of Sounio ruins
Fortress of Sounio ruins
Temple of Poseidon built 444 BC
Temple of Poseidon built 444 BC
Replaced earlier unfinished temple
Replaced earlier unfinished temple
Perfect locale for Greek sea god
Perfect locale for Greek sea god
Temple (elevation 70 meters)
Temple (elevation 70 meters)
View of deep blue Aegean Sea
View of deep blue Aegean Sea
Columns white, they have no iron
Columns white, they have no iron
Designed to resist sea air weather
Designed to resist sea air weather
Located-southeastern tip of Attica
Located-southeastern tip of Attica
Temple located on Cape Sounion
Temple located on Cape Sounion
Inviting picture of Aegean islands
Inviting picture of Aegean islands
Same architect planned Hephaisteion
Same architect planned Hephaisteion
Picturesque coastal road to Athens
Picturesque coastal road to Athens
Village & mountains on coastal road
Village & mountains on coastal road
Spectacular landscape on highway
Spectacular landscape on highway
Aegean island in the Saronic Gulf
Aegean island in the Saronic Gulf
Gorgeous sights on ride from Sounio
Gorgeous sights on ride from Sounio
Sounio
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