Erechtheum, Acropolis of Athens

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The Erechtheum (Greek: Ἐρέχθειον Erechtheion), is an ancient Greek temple on the north side of the Acropolis of Athens in Greece. The temple as seen today was built between 421 and 406 BC. The sculptor and mason of the structure was Phidias, who was employed by Pericles to build both the Erechtheum and the Parthenon. On the south side, there is a large porch with columns, the famous “Porch of the Maidens”, with six draped female figures (caryatids) as supporting columns, each sculpted in a manner different from the rest and engineered in such a way that their slenderest part, the neck, is capable of supporting the weight of the porch roof while remaining graceful and feminine.
UNESCO World Heritage Site, Erechtheum, Acropolis of Athens, Greece, Europe

Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-85 mm at 48 mm, 1/160 sec at f/ 8, ISO 200
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Caryatids and Athens at the background

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