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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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  • It is a part of the Acropolis complex. An ancient temple dedicated to Athena and Poseidon. But this temple misses a great statue (1 of the 6 Caryatids) which you could find in the British museum 
  • The Erechtheion is situated to the side of the Parthenon atop the Acropolis. It is the Temple of caryatids, although the ones visible are only copies because five of the six originals are preserved in the Acropolis Museum (admission € 5). Beautiful olive trees located at its base. Obviously with the ticket of the Acropolis.
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  • Despite the fact that one can not get much closer, is a large monument and is worth visiting it, is well preserved.
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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.