Temple of Poseidon at sunset, Cape Sounio 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.
Temple of Poseidon Archeological site, Cape Sounio, Greece, Europe

Nikon D200, Nikkor 18-200 mm, 1/160 sec at f/ 11, ISO 100
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  • Tracey  Dryka
    Tracey Drykaalmost 5 years ago

    Wow … beautiful! To think the workmanship that went into it, without the modern technology that we have today

  • Thanks a lot Tracey!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 5 years ago


  • Thank you very much Lorilee!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • SeeOneSoul
    SeeOneSoulalmost 5 years ago

    quite awe-inspiring … !

  • Thank you Tina!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • SteffiCraig
    SteffiCraigalmost 5 years ago

    This is so BEAUTIFUL! Well done!

  • Many thanks Steffi!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • photoloi
    photoloialmost 5 years ago

  • Many thanks Photoloi, much appreciated once more!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Alessandro Pinto
    Alessandro Pintoalmost 5 years ago

    awesome architecture and contrast of colors.. great perspective!

  • Thanks a lot Alessandro!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Polly x
    Polly xalmost 5 years ago

  • My pleasure Polly!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosalmost 5 years ago

    Just exceptional as always. The colour contrast and the composition are spot on.

  • Many thanks BigCatPhotos, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Themis
    Themisalmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature, very pretty image – are the colours as captured, or processed?

  • Thank you Themis, the colours are as captured because it is at sunset…

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Themis
    Themisalmost 5 years ago

    Really nice – please consider adding this to the International Point of Interest group

  • With pleasure Themis!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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