The Temple of Poseidon/Ο Ναος του Ποσειδωνα

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There is a lot of graffiti from over a century ago. If you zoom in you at the top you can see Lord Byron’s’ name.

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touriststextThe temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounio is a beautiful spot at the southern tip of Attica. It has one the greatest views of the sea I have seen in Greece. It is no wonder then that it was such a significant strategic point for the ancient Athenians who, from this point, could control the sea passage to the Aegean sea and Piraeus and Lavrion Peninsula.  Poseidon, the God of the sea, protected the ships in the Mediterranean. Seafarers would come to the temple and make animal sacrifices or give gifts in exchange for a safe sea voyage.

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5 comments

    1. I would love to see it at sunrise since the photos were taken at sunset. It was breathtaking at sunset! The ancients Greeks chose the right place to build their temple 😉 Thank you for your comment!

      1. You’re welcome. Since the 2004 Olympics, Greece has become one of my dream destinations. When I do come one day, hopefully I’ll be able to visit this temple as well.

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