Excursion to Cape Sounio

Sounio is a beautiful Attic peninsula, only 70klm from Athens. The view there is a-ma-ziiiii-ng, trust me. Oh and with so much things to to see and do. The endless blue and of course the temple of Poseidon, built during the Golden Age of Athens where the three sides of it are washed by the sea.

The temple has many statues of Poseidon, like the Sounion Kouros, in front of the sanctuary. Around the ages of Xerxes invasion the temple was destroyed and then constructed again. Columns at all sides are positioned in rectangular shape, like Greeks used to do at those times, and of course using the magnificent white marble. At the base of the Temple the name of George lord Byron was carved, during his first visit in Greece. The greatness and the view inspired Lord’s Byron poem Isles, where he is mentioning Sounio. (Place me on Sounio's marbled steep, Where nothing, save the waves and I, May hear our mutual murmurs sweep...).
Continuing our tour at Cape Sounio, we are meet the Temple of Athena Sounias, 300m away from the Temple of Poseidon. This unusual temple has colonnades of southern and eastern rhythms. Initially it was built like a court with walls to protect a burial mound, where many men of king Menelaus were buried during their return from Troy, as we are reading at Homer’s Odyssey.
The next big thing, you should see at Cape Sounio, is definitely the fortress that was built by Athenians during the Peloponnesian War against the Spartans. You can stand there and just look at the naval base’ and just imagine the struggles of those years to transfer construction materials from the silver mines of Laurium.


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