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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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  • Entry to the Acropolis includes so many sights including this it can not be missed by any tourist to Athens.  more »
  • Erechtheion is the Greek Ionic temple BC of the fifth century, discovered at the Acropolis of Athens. Built in Pentelic marble, it is the work of Erechtheion Philocles. The Erechtheion has subtle form...  more »
  • Temple on the Acropolis of the best preserved. The caryatids seem real. In the Museum are original.
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  • Most people go up the hill to see the Parthenon but Erechtheion is also a fine specimen of the architecture of the time, don't miss it - you'll see what the fuss is about, especially if you've been to the British museum.
  • It is one of the places that you must visit when you come to Athens for the first time. Nice view and a lot if history that comes with the place.
  • I would recommend visiting this place at the sunset times. Awesome to take photos and enjoy ancient world
  • The details of the human columns are exquisite.
  • Awesome ruins. Be careful walking. Ground has very slippery surface on some places (marble?) Great views of Athens and the coast.

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If you come to Athens for its ancient history, stay in Plaka, a lively neighborhood located within walking distance of the city's major archaeological sites. Although relatively expensive, hotels in this part of town offer spacious rooms, private swimming pools, and rooftop cocktail bars. For less expensive but equally comfortable lodgings, consider boutique hotels and family-run inns in the quiet residential neighborhoods just a short drive south of Plaka. Good rooms fill up early in the season, so plan ahead and book in advance.
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