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24th October 2018
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9th November 2018

The Temple of Poseidon

When we have friends or family in town I always look out for a day trip that would suit all ages and our recent visit to the Temple of Poseidon (ancient Greek God of the sea) in Cape Sounion did not disappoint our guests. Many tour companies operate in Athens providing day tours out of the centre.

The view over the Aegean from temple of PoseidonPhotography at Sounion

Location is just 70km from Athens on the southern coast between the port of Lavrio and Varkiza. 2 new places I have added to my list to revisit.

Entrance to the site is 8 Euro per adult 4 Euro child/discount adults.

There is a decent coffee shop serving local delights & Greek food, coffee and drinks along with a souvenir shop, well stocked with fridge magnets and great postcards too.

How did they build this temple

The temple of Poseidon

The Temple ruins that are still visible date back to 440BC and a stunning area to capture some great vacation shots overlooking the cape and Aegean sea.

Although when we visited it was a blustery slightly overcast day I do plan to head back apparently and I can imagine the sunsets are spectacular here too. They also offer many full moon concerts and events too.

The ruins at Cape Sounion

The Temple does have the power to encourage you to sit for a quiet moment and imagine the myth of the Aegean sea where  King Aegeus lept to his death therefore giving the sea its name today “The Aegean“. According to mythology, Aegeus committed suicide when he saw the black sails of the ship and believed that his son Theseus who had gone to Knossos to to fight the Minotaur  was dead. He was supposed to fly the white flag if he had won the battle but he forgot to change it! Aegeus saw the black flag and jumped to his death!

View from The Temple of psiedon

I look forward to discovering more ancient Greek Temples and sharing with you all along the way.

Safe Travels

Sandra x

2 Comments

  1. francis421btinternetcom says:

    looks amazing and yes it was amazing very lovely an very windy but very nice

  2. vmetaxas31 says:

    Fantastic, I did not know about that story, better read up on my Greek mythology!!!!!

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