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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 my favorite things to see in Athens. Beautiful and you can see the five original Caryatids at the Acropolis Museum.  more »
  • The Caryatids are true wonder of design. See the real ones in the Acropolis Museum (so you can get a little more up close). Notice how they all have different hair styles (of braids). Learn how that h...  more »
  • The Erechtheion, named after the demi-god Erechtheus, the mythical Athenian king, was conceived as a suitable structure to house the ancient wooden cult statue of Athena. The Erechtheion was the sprii...  more »
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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.