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The Temple of Poseidon, God of the Sea at Soúnio (Cape Sounion) in southern Attica, Greece.

Standing atop sheer cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea, the marble temple has served as a landmark for sailors from ancient times.

15 of the original 34 marble Doric columns survive today.

Construction on a grand Temple of Poseidon began around 500 BC but was never completed; the temple and all the votive offerings were destroyed by the Persians in 480 BC. The Temple of Poseidon that now stands at Soúnio was built in 444 BC atop the older temple ruins.

Soúnio has been a sacred site since very ancient times. The “Sanctuary of Sounion” is first mentioned in the Odyssey, as the place where Menelaus stopped during his return from Troy to bury his helmsman, Phrontes Onetorides.

Two sets of three bracketed RAWs individually Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 4.2.1 then PhotoMerged in Adobe Photoshop CS4.

Camera: Sony NEX-7
Lens: Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC


Featured in : Greece and all things Hellenic : 30 Sep 12
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  • John44
    John44about 2 years ago

    Excellent done Tom!

  • Thank you kindly my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Fara
    Faraabout 2 years ago

    Oh how I loved Greek mythology at school and I love this image of the Temple of Poseidon…………….what a joy to be close to these treasures……………………….wonderful dear Tom………………………..x

  • Thank you dear Joyce …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanabout 2 years ago

    Poseidon was one of my favorite stops, Tom … gorgeous, gorgeous capture!!!

  • Thank you kindly Lois …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownabout 2 years ago

    For a second I thought you were back in Edinburgh Tom!
    I’m sure you know what I mean!
    Even the hills in the background look like the pentland hills.
    Amazing to think that the Roman’s copied our work.
    They must have been on a bubble meet in Edinburgh & thought
    First class capture!

  • An interesting point mate, so the question should not be What have the Romans done for us but rather What have the Scots done for the Romans – hehe

    – Tom Gomez

  • Karen Martin
    Karen Martinabout 2 years ago

    Nice shot Tom

  • Thank you so much Karen …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfabout 2 years ago

    Lovely work, well done.

  • Thank you so much Colin …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Lilian Marshall
    Lilian Marshallabout 2 years ago

    Just stunning a fabulous temple.

  • Very much appreciated Lilian …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Brendan Buckley
    Brendan Buckleyabout 2 years ago

    Lovely shot Tom. Did you see Lord Byrons’ graffitti on one of the square columns?

  • Thank you kindly Brendan. I did see Byron’s act of blatant vandalism along with a large number of less well known copycats …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Sheila Laurens
    Sheila Laurensabout 2 years ago

    Great work Tom.. excellent composition XX

  • Thank you so much Sheila …

    – Tom Gomez

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