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Erechtheion, Athens

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Across from the Parthenon, Erechtheion has gained acclaim for its south porch, which is supported by female figures in place of traditional columns. These six figures, called caryatids, play the same architectural role as columns and were built from marble. The caryatids are exact replicas of the originals, which are on display in a protected environment in the Acropolis Museum. The temple was built between 420 and 406 BCE, and the complex was designed to protect its several sacred shrines. Make Erechtheion part of your personalized Athens itinerary using our Athens tour planner.
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  • One of the most beautiful to admire the Acropolis, although they are replicas and originals in museums
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  • While the Parthenon is the most impressive temple on the Acropolis, another building, the Erechtheion was built to accommodate the religious rituals that the old temple housed. Erechtheion constructio...  more »
  • Don't know why share the Acropolis on the individual objects-they all are located nearby, and you'll see them all. Sculptures on the balcony, but nevertheless, this is the only place in the Acropolis, where you can see something in addition to columns and somehow imagine how it looked during the heyday.
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  • Awesome ruins. Be careful walking. Ground has very slippery surface on some places (marble?) Great views of Athens and the coast.
  • ACROPOLIS OF ATHENS The view of the western side of the magnificent PARTHENON, and the eastern side of the ERECHTHEION which was dedicated to both Athena and Poseidon. At the front side of the Erechthion you can see the five of the six CARYATIDS . Caryatid is the name given to an architectural column which takes the form of a standing female figure. The most celebrated examples are found in the south porch of the Erechtheion on the Acropolis of Athens. Erechtheion was constructed between 421 and 406 BCE. The Caryatids now are copies. Five of the originals reside in the Acropolis Museum of Athens and the other is in the British Museum, London.
  • Hands down the best part of the Acropolis. Make sure you listen to the audio or guide so your able to thoroughly enjoy the glory of the structure!
  • greek history at it's best....hope they can keep restoring.
  • Pretty cool, I wish they would rebuild everything.