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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. Using our world travel planner, Athens attractions like Erechtheion can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Right next door to the Panthion On the North side of the Acropolis is the Erechtheion, which was a separate temple to Athena and Poseidon built around 420 BC. Unfortunately, much of the temple was... 
    Right next door to the Panthion On the North side of the Acropolis is the Erechtheion, which was a separate temple to Athena and Poseidon built around 420 BC. Unfortunately, much of the temple was...  more »
  • The Erechtheion is really a special building in so many ways. Obviously, you have the porch with the six maidens, which clearly is the first detail that one notices. But it's also special because... 
    The Erechtheion is really a special building in so many ways. Obviously, you have the porch with the six maidens, which clearly is the first detail that one notices. But it's also special because...  more »
  • This is probably the most photographed remains on the acropolis. The porch with the woman is more recognizable than any spot other than the Parthenon. Be sure to walk all the way around. There are....  more
    This is probably the most photographed remains on the acropolis. The porch with the woman is more recognizable than any spot other than the Parthenon. Be sure to walk all the way around. There are....  more »
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  • What a beautiful place atop the Acropolis and just across from the Parthenon. Not as majestic but more intact, we found ourselves lingering longer at this less crowded site. The impressive statues of the ladies were a sight to behold. Was our favorite part at the Acropolis.
  • What a beautiful building on top of the Acropolis. Sure, it may not be as majestic or well known as the Parthenon, but it’s certainly more intact. My wife and I took more time here since it’s less crowded. A truly stunning site with the ladies at the center.
  • We had an one day tour and came by morning which it’s a mistake because all group tours come in the morning before 13.00. Its really better to come in the afternoon. But, the tour itself its good because the tour guide is very good. We book the trip via Headout but the tour was organized by KEYTOUR.
  • This elegant building of the lonic order is called, according to later literary sources, Erechtheion from the name of Erechtheus, the mythical king of Athens. The construc- tion started before the outbreak of the Peloponnesian War (431 B.C.) or after the conclusion of the "peace of Nikias" (421 B.C.) and was finished in 406 B.C., after the interruption of the works because of the war. The peculiar plan of the building is due to the natural irregularity of the ground and the need to house the ancient sacred spots: the salt spring, which appeared when Po- seidon struck the rock with his trident during the contest with Athena over the pa- tronage of the city, the trident marks and the tombs of the Athenian kings Kekrops and Erechtheus. The Erechtheion consists of a rectangular cella divided by an interior wall forming two sections. The eastern section, which was at a level at least 3 m. higher than that of the western, was dedicated to Athena Polis and housed the xoanon, the ancient wooden cult statue of the goddess. The western section was divided into three parts and was dedicated to the cult of Poseidon-Erechtheus, Hephaistus and the hero Boutes. At the north side of the cella there is a magnificent porch with 6 lonic columns. The bases and capitals along with the frame of the doorway leading to the interior of the cella, have elaborate relief decoration, while the ceiling coffers were painted. The famous Porch of the Maidens (Korai) or Caryatids dominates the south side of the building: six statues of young women, standing on a podium 1.77 m. high, support the roof of the porch, which was the part of Kekrops' tomb above the ground. At the upper part of the building is a frieze of grey Eleusinian stone to which relief fig- res of white Parian marble were attached. Today they are exhibited in the Acropolis Museum. Around the end of the Ist century B.C. the Erechcheion was repaired after a fire. During the Christian period it was transformed into a church, while in the Ottoman period it was used as a house. In the first years of the 19th century Lord Elgin carried off the third Caryatid from the west (Kore C) and the column of the northeast corner of the building. Today they have been replaced by copies, as well as the rest of the Caryatids.
  • Breath-taking site... Absolutely a must visit and experience. I don't even know what to say other than I'm so happy this exists on this world.

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