Temple of Poseidon Archeological site by Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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In a maritime country like Greece, the god of the sea was bound to occupy a high position in the divine hierarchy. In power, Poseidon was considered second only to Zeus (Jupiter), the supreme god himself. His implacable wrath, manifested in the form of storms, was greatly feared by all mariners. In an age without mechanical power, storms very frequently resulted in shipwrecks and drownings. The temple at Cape Sounion, Attica, therefore, was a venue where mariners, and also entire cities or states, could propitiate Poseidon, by making animal sacrifice, or leaving gifts.
The temple of Poseidon was constructed in 444-440 BC, perched above the sea at a height of almost 60 m. As with all Greek temples, the Poseidon building was rectangular, with a colonnade on all four sides. The total number of original columns was 42, but only 15 columns still stand today. The columns are of the Doric Order. They were made of locally-quarried white marble. They were 6.10 m (20 ft) high, with a diameter of 1 m (3.1 ft) at the base and 79 cm (31 inches) at the top.
The inscribed name of the famous Romantic poet George Lord Byron, carved into the base of one of the columns of the Temple of Poseidon, possibly dates from his first visit to Greece, on his Grand Tour of Europe, before he acquired fame. Byron spent several months in 1810-11 in Athens, including two documented visits to Sounion.
Built in the 5th century BC, Cape Sounio, Greece, Europe

Nikon D200, Nikkor 18-200 mm, 1/180 sec at f/ 11, ISO 200
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  • BCImages
    BCImagesalmost 5 years ago

    excellent work

  • Thank you Steve & Lesley, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Polly x
    Polly xalmost 5 years ago

  • My pleasure Polly!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkeralmost 5 years ago

    Well done .Beautiful capture my friend….Tom

  • Thanks a lot mate, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • photoloi
    photoloialmost 5 years ago

  • Thank you very much Photoloi, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Andrea  Thorpe
    Andrea Thorpealmost 5 years ago


  • Thanks a lot Andrea!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • J J  Everson
    J J Eversonalmost 5 years ago

  • Many thanks J J Everson, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • J J  Everson
    J J Eversonalmost 5 years ago

    You are very welcome. Thank you for your great contributions to the group! :o)

  • J O'Neal
    J O'Nealalmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations! You’re invited to enter this image in the
    Historic Landmarks of Europe Dusk or Dawn challenge.

  • Thanks a lot J O’Neal!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomalmost 5 years ago

  • Many thanks CraigsMom, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • mikequigley
    mikequigleyalmost 5 years ago

    gorgeous – mq

  • Thanks a lot Mike!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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