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Old August 18th, 2006, 05:11 PM   #1
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POSEIDON'S TEMPLE - Cape Sounion - 65 Km East of Athens...

Urgent: for the modsPlease on main title of this thread, replace the phrase "West of Athens" with "East of Athens". As it seems, senile decay is taking over me lately


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The temple of Poseidon is located some 67 km to the east of Athens in the majestic Cape Sounion, which is the southernmost point of the Attica prefecture where the Athens metro area is located.

The temple was built in the area of the Cape Sounion in the 5th century BC where Sounion was one of the major municipalities constituting the Ancient City of Athens, in honour of God Poseidon, master of the seas and oceans. The temple that is accessible today, was built by Pericles on site to replace an older one that had previously been destroyed by the Persians and which is believed to be very old as being the work of the initial residents of the area. The temple is built in Doric style on an orthogonal base and its dimensions are 31,12m X 13,47m having 6 pillars in the shorter sides and 13 in the longer ones. The frieze of the temple is known for three main themes represented on its sculpted surfaces: A battle of the Giants (γιγαντομαχία ), a battle of the Centauri (κενταυρομαχία ), as well as the feats of Theseus (Θησεύς ), admittedly one of the most glorius anciεnt Heroes and former King and ruler of Athens.

Needless to say that the temple belongs to the wider geodetic network of the Greek (and global) network of the ancient temples and holy places about which I made a reference in my Athens Acropolis thread. There for instance you can see that the temple of Poseidon, the temple of Afaia Athena in the isle of Aegina, in the Saronic gulf, close to Athens, as well as the Acropolis of Athens, form an isosceles triangle, while, if these temples are also connected with the oracle of the Ancient city of Megara (also a city to the west of Athens), they form an orthogonal rhombus as per the following drawing:

We may have to come back to revisit these shocking realizations regarding the pinpoint accuracy by which the Ancient nations and predominantly the Greeks, were choosing to build their temples and oracles in terms of geographic locations, following the principles of a mystic geography (also called "geodecy") that still waits to be decyphered in essence. Till then, let's visit one of the most significant ancient sites the temple of Posseidon in cape Sounion, a place where one can sence the mystic vibes emanating through time, relaying secrets of Great people, long gone but not forgotten...

So, because I was vacationing in my apartment close to the city of Palaia Focea in the coastal front of Athens and knowing that the archaeological sites in Greece will be free to visit and open to visit during the night of the August's full moon (this year taking [place on the 9th of August), I took the chance to visit this marvellous temple. What I saw and the pictures I took in that magical evening, as well as some more that I took a clear morning in December 2002 are here. Take some time to see and visit a place which in my view stands for Greece's best since it combines blue skies and open, seas, as well as the white of the marble of one of antiquity's most beautiful remains to date.

OK, first the pics that were taken with mi digicam on 9 August 2006:

-Arriving at the temple at sunset. The dreamy sunset of the still unspoilt (and for this reason unknown) edge of the 60+ km -long Athenian riviera.

-The temple from a distance in the evening colours. Some pics to feel the magic.

-Views of the temple at sunset. The pictures are a weak representation of reality...

-See some combinations of the pillars of the temple trying to depict the genius of the creators...

-Finally, the temple at night. Due to the fact that I didn't have a tripod with me, I couldn't find a proper way to fix the camera firmly on the ground to take a decent pic. However, I guess you can live with the first one (taken with the camera kept against a 3000 year-old marble!!!, while the second was taken with against the full moon. I wouldn't normally include it in a thread but I am sure you will enjoy it...

Other pics taken from 2002 to 2004 with my analog camera: Pics are digitized yet maintain a lot of their original quality:

-The surroundings of the place, a characteristic sample of the type of natural surroundings of the Athens metro area:

-A couple of pics, taken with two of my favourite techniques for shooting Ancient Greek temples: first, an angle that "compresses" the depth of the image by fully depicting a file of pillars of the south side of the temple, followed by a pic that contrasts the white of the marble with the famous blue colour of the Athenian skies...

-A fairwell to cape Sounion from the Athens Olympics summer of 2004.

Truly a place where Gods lived... and still live on if you asked me...

OK, before we end, we need to mention the existence of one excellent hotel, also appering in the list of the leading hotels of the worls, namely the five-star Grecotel Cape Sounion Hotel. Take some time to visit this page, as it contains excellent pics of the hotel which has a view of the temple and is a jewel itself.
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Old April 2nd, 2007, 09:52 AM   #2
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Hard to believe that no one ever reacted to this thread.

The temple at Cape Sounion in Southern Greece is sheer magic!

Efcharisto, GM.

P.S. I'd call it south of Athens, or southeast of Athens.
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Old April 2nd, 2007, 12:17 PM   #3
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Thank you too seafan

Actually this came out immediately after my visit to the temple on the day of the so called "August full moon" when entrance to certain archaeological sites in Greece is free .
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