Friday, March 2, 2018

GREECE ~ Temple of Poseidon - Sounion - UNESCO ~

... Amazing sunset view of one of Greece’s most impressive archaeological sites and most photographed monuments....  the temple of Poseidon, the God of the Seas in Greek Mythology... perched high on the sea cliffs with magnificent panoramic view of the Aegean Sea.... it was a place where mariners, cities and states were making sacrifices to Poseidon.... the site was chosen for its direct relationship with the sea, since this was the last piece of land seen by ships departing from Athens and the first on returning from their voyage... it is a popular day-excursion for tourists from Athens, as they can watch the sunset over the Aegean Sea from the ruins, a magical moment... Thanks a lot Rafael!! ❁◕ ‿ ◕❁

Cape Sounion (Cape of Columns") is situated at the southernmost tip of the Attic peninsula.

The temple was constructed  between 444 and 440 BC, this was during the ascendancy of Athenian statesman Pericles, who also rebuilt the Parthenon in Athens, and it is perched above the sea at a height of 60m. It is made of locally quarried white marble. The architect is thought to be Ictinus (or Iktinos), who built the Temple of Hephaestus in the Ancient agora in Athens.

The remnants of the temple’s marble sculptures are now displayed at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens and the Mineralogical Museum of Lavrio, with one column on display at the British Museum in England.

Stamp:

The Seven Wise Men of Antiquity
(Issued 27-07-2017)

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