Sights of Interest in Greece
Cape Sounion18-02-2013 15:25In about 70 kilometres from Athens towards the tip of the Attica peninsula one finds the cape Sounion. There you can admire the ruins of an ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea in Greek Mythology.
To the ancient Greek, every natural feature was controlled by a god so everything was based on the notion that one must constantly seek the favour of the gods to avoid misfortune with gifts and sacrifices.
In a country like Greece the god of the sea was very high in the divine hierarchy, only second after Zeus. The temple at Cape Sounion was a venue where mariners, cities and states were making sacrifices to Poseidon.
The temple was constructed in 444 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. , the design is a typical hexastyle and it has a great resemblance with the Temple of Hephaestus in Acropolis. The temple of Poseidon was destroyed in 399 by Emperor Arcadius.
In 1906 archaeological excavations revealed numerous artefacts and inscriptions, a very impressive marble kouros statue and a votive relief , both of them are now in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.
The Romantic poet Lord Byron mentions Sounion in his poem Isles of Greece and his name is carved into the base of one of the columns of the Temple of Posseidon .
Apart from an archaeological site, Sounion is an upscale summer home location for Athenians. Sounion is one of the most expensive areas in Greece, with the value of some homes exceeding twenty million euros.
The site is a popular day-excursion for tourists from Athens, as they can watch the sunset over the Aegean Sea from the ruins, a moment hard to forget!
Touristorama has been travelling all around Greece and its islands for over a decade. This year, during our trip to Naxos, the biggest of the Cyclades complex, we discovered an interesting spot, perfect for your night out on the island… which is what we do best: finding the best places and then propose you should visit them! Prime is a Scandinavian Bar, located on a privileged position in Chora of Naxos, opposite the port. It’s been operating for 21 years and enjoys a great fame to both foreign and local tourists.
In recent years, the beloved habit of pancakes has begun to become widespread in Greece as well. Touristorama discovered in Nafplion the place that makes the most delicious pancakes, according to the original American recipe.
There is no need to convince the thousands of tourists who visit Santorini why they need to experience a sea tour under the unique Caldera cliff. Actually, this is the second “must do” after viewing the breathtaking sunset. But if you need a little convincing, we have compiled a list of 5 good reasons why you should spend a day at the sea, and specifically next to an expert!
The statue of Poseidon, made of Parian marble, was found in 1877 on Milos island, along with a statue of his mate, Amphitrite. The larger than life-size statue depicts the god almost nude, wearing a himation covering the lower part of the body. In his raised right hand he will have held the trident. Next to his right leg is a support in the form of a dolphin. Today, the statue is exhibited at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens city.
“Brunch” is both a noun, a verb and way of life. It’s not only an opportunity to eat something nice, but also a way to catch up with friends in the middle of the day. In Athens city we love it for both reasons. We have even discovered an easily accessible spot, perfect for the citibreakers to enjoy a full breakfast or a brunch during their travel in the Greek capital.
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The statue of Poseidon, made of Parian marble, was found in 1877 on Milos island, along with a statue of his mate, Amphitrite. The larger than life-size statue depicts the god almost nude, wearing a himation...
“Brunch” is both a noun, a verb and way of life. It’s not only an opportunity to eat something nice, but also a way to catch up with friends in the middle of the day. In Athens city we love it for...
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