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Temple of Poseidon at Sounion

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Temple of Poseidon at Sounion

The Ancient Greek temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion is one of the significant monuments of the Golden Age of Athens. It is perched high above the sea and was built on the ruins of a temple dating from the Archaic period. As with all Greek temples, the Poseidon building was rectangular, with a colonnade on all four sides.

The design of temple had 38 Doric columns of which 16 have survived and are standing today. The temple closely resembles the contemporary and well-preserved Temple of Hephaestus beneath the Acropolis. At the centre of the temple would have been the hall of worship, a windowless rectangular room, which would have contained the cult image, a colossal bronze statue of Poseidon.

Temple of Poseidon at Sounion

  • History of the site
  • Poseidon
  • Doric Columns

Temple of Poseidon at Sounion – Photo Gallery

  • Temple of Poseidon at Sounion – Photo Gallery

Temple of Poseidon at Sounion

  • Name:        Temple of Poseidon at Sounion
  • Greek:        Ναός Ποσειδώνος
  • Built:          444–440 BC
  • City:            Athens
  • Country:     Greece
  • Location:    Cape Sounio, Greece

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“Time is the wisest counsellor of all.”
– Pericles

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Photo Credit: JOM

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