Hidden Gems

See the Temple of Poseidon with a Greek yacht charter

By Jenny Wilson
on  May 28, 2015

A sailing holiday in Greece offers an unmatched opportunity to see some of the world’s most breathtaking architectural wonders. From the Acropolis in Athens to the vast array of temples dotted about the various islands, there is no end to this country’s fabled sights. One unmissable Greek highlight is the Temple of Poseidon located at Cape Sounion.
Sailing in Greece - discovering ancient attractions
Greek architecture is a celebration of this region’s rich cultural heritage, with the Temple of Poseidon being no exception. Poseidon, god of the sea, was one of the most important figures in classical Greek mythology. The maritime nature of Greek civilisation meant that appeasing this god in order to guarantee calm seas and avoid storms and shipwrecks was a central tenet. The temple at Sounion was a place where gifts could be left and sacrifices made in order to ensure safety.

Although archaeological remains have been found on the site dating back as far as 700BC, the current temple remains were probably built around 440BC. The temple would have originally had 34 Doric columns placed in a rectangle, with a large statue of Poseidon in the central naos, or hall of worship. Today 15 stunning marble columns still remain. See the partly restored temple, enjoy the stunning views over the bay from the craggy clifftop and watch as the sun sets on this, one of Greece’s most awe-inspiring sights.

Cape Sounion is located within easy reach of Athens, a day excursion here making a spectacular finale to your Greek Odyssey.

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