Temple of Poseidon

Lois  Bryan

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Featured in #1 Artists of Redbubble May 31, 2010.
Featured in All That’s Archaeology May 4, 2010.
Top Ten in the “It’s All Greek To Me Archaeology Challenge” in All That’s Archaeology May 3, 2010.
Winner of the “Ruins and Rubble in Europe” challenge in European Everyday Life March 18, 2010.
Featured in Greece and All Things Hellenic February 26, 2010.

Temple of Poseidon, Cape Sounion, Greece

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This image is also available at Lois Bryan at fine art america in an exciting variety of framing and matting options.

This image is actually a re-post of an earlier version … but I treated it to even more Photoshop fun. Which makes no sense whatsoever as I actually have several more captures from that morning that are also okay, and which I should have tinkered with instead.

As before, this was taken at Cape Sounion, about an hour east of Athens, in July of 2005 with the little point and shoot Olympus C5000 zoom. This image is a compilation of images, the temple having been shot with the Olympus, and the sky image was taken with the Nikon D40x. Heavy duty Photoshop including textures.

I will repeat here the history I included with the previous image:

“The temple of Poseidon was constructed in approx. 440 B.C. It is perched above the sea at a height of almost 60 m. The design of the temple is a typical hexastyle i.e. it had a front portico with 6 columns.
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: 18 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 79cm (31 inches) at the top.
At the centre of the temple colonnade would have been the hall of worship (naos), a windowless rectangular room. It would have contained, at one end facing the entrance, the cult image, a colossal, ceiling – height (6m) bronze statue of Poseidon. Probably gold-leafed, it may have resembled a contemporary representation of the god, appropriately found in a shipwreck, shown in the figure above. Poseidon was usually portrayed carrying a trident, the weapon he supposedly used to stir up storms.”

… the above abridged from Wikipedia.

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