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!
It opened in 2004 and soon became one of the favourite dining spots in Santorini. It is called Metaxy mas which means.. between us, but it is not a secret any more that this restaurant has a rich menu with almost 40 different dishes and appetizers based on traditional Greek cuisine.
We have been choosing Parea Tavern for our meals and dinners for 14 years! Every time someone from Touristorama travels to the island of Santorini, he enjoys authentic Greek cuisine at the terrace of this restaurant in the heart of Fira. And we are not the only ones. Thousands of tourists include it among their favorites on the volcanic island.
Like a relay race of three generations; a journey with happy days, sad days, joys, sorrows, wars, Occupation, poverty, hunger, deaths, volcanic eruptions, catastrophic earthquakes, flee for a better life, return, better days, feasts, tourism explosion, financial crises and so on… Everything has been indelibly inscribed on the walls of this small building, Aktaion. I feel grateful that life has given me the opportunity to hold the reins of Aktaion all the way to its centennial.
The Marmita Restaurant is now a part of the history of Santorini, since it has been operating in Megalochori since 2004. From 2013 it s been running under the observation of new owner Giannis Manikas and the sense of renewal is obvious.
Explore the fascinating volcanic island of Santorini the way you want it yourself! Enjoy a unique accommodation experience, with huge doses of privacy and luxury by choosing to stay in Incognito Villa.
More than just a famous tourist destination, Santorini boasts a romantic scene where you can have some really memorable moments with your partner. The time when the sun sets deep down to the Aegean Sea and the sky gets these amazing orange colors is the best to enjoy a cocktail. One of the best places to do so is the Classico bar restaurant in the capital of Fira.
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