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The Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounio

The temple of Poseidon par excellence that has come down to us from Ancient Greece is the one located at Cape Sunio. A strategic point to control maritime traffic through the Aegean for millennia and, without a doubt, it is the best place to locate a temple dedicated to the god of the sea.

Don’t you know him? Well, don’t forget to visit it on your next trip to Greece because you will be amazed by its architecture, its location and its sunsets.

How to get to Cape Sunio

Poseidon’s temple

The site where this temple of Poseidon stands it is located about 70 kilometers from Athens. Therefore, it can be a good excursion to do during your stay in the Greek capital. Not only because of the temple itself and the cape, but also because of the route, which goes along the rugged and beautiful coast.

For that, there are three ways to get there. You can go on a public bus which every hour unites Athens with Cape Sonium. However, inform yourself of the schedules, since possibly by means of this transport you will have to return before nightfall, the best time to visit the temple of Poseidon.

Another option is to do it in your own car or in a rental car.. The advantage is the freedom of schedules and stops. The drawback is the chaotic Hellenic traffic. And on the other hand, you can always hire one of the tourist excursions that go from the capital to this very special place.

The remains of the temple of Poseidon

Side of the temple

No matter how you go, the place will not disappoint you. To begin with, because of the classic architecture that is preserved here. The temple of Poseidon was built in the 5th century BC Therefore, it is more than two millennia old.

Hence, it has not survived in its entirety to this day. Only about 15 columns remain of the more than 40 that it originally had. Although, those Doric order columns are enough to imagine the whole set.

And not only that, its presence makes a spectacular picture over the Aegean Seasince they are located in the middle of the cape, at a height of 60 meters above the blue of the waters.

 

The view at any time of the day is most attractive, but especially at sunset. In fact, it is considered that some of the best sunsets in Europe are seen here.

As you can already imagine, that afternoon-night schedule is the most demanded by travelers that come here. So do not be surprised that in the high season it is packed with tourists, which takes away a certain magic. If you can choose, look for less crowded dates for the visit. A visit that, by the way, is paid.

Another temple at Cape Sunio

Cape Sunio – Christos Vassiliou / Flickr.com

The Temple of Poseidon is not the only one on Cape Sounion or Cape Sounion. Less than half a kilometer away you can see what was a temple dedicated to Athena. In this way, the presence of two temples dedicated to two such important gods of Hellenic Olympus makes us think that we are in a very important place.

And so it was. From here the ships that arrived at the port of Athens were controlledso it had an obvious military importance due to the wide marine panorama it offers.

Lord Byron’s footprint in the Temple of Poseidon

Poseidon’s temple

The panoramic view from the temple of Poseidon has captivated millions of people from all over the planet. But Few of them have done as much as Lord Byron for the place..

This romantic poet he wished that his body would be transferred here once he died, which increased the celebrity of the temple. But at the same time, it is also assumed that he inscribed his name on the spot. And it is something that created a precedent that other subsequent tourists have wanted to imitate.

Please, If you visit the temple of Poseidon at Cape Sunio, dedicate yourself to enjoying the view of the sea and the ruins of an unrepeatable civilization. Don’t do acts of vandalism. Engraving your name on these ancient marbles is still an act that contributes to the destruction of this magical place.

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