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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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  • August 16, 2017
    This temple belongs to the set of buildings within the Acropolis. It is famous for its columns in the form of "caryatids" or woman, unique jewel of art. To see the originals, to visit the Museum.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Even though the Cariads are replicas, you wouldn't know it, and seeing them still standing there give the building real character and help one to envision what the building looked like when it was in ...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    These are just amazing. The grace in motion of these ancient dancers as captured by the artist are so evocative of the harvest dance it is astonishing. I am though incensed at the British Government s...  more »
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  • April 4, 2017
    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.
  • March 8, 2017
    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.
  • February 5, 2017
    I would recommend visiting this place at the sunset times. Awesome to take photos and enjoy ancient world
  • June 1, 2017
    The details of the human columns are exquisite.
  • October 26, 2016
    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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