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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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  • 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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  • 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 »
  • 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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  • Less well known than the Parthenon, it’s unique structure and the fact that was simultaneously a cult place for several Greek gods and burial place of a king, makes this temple a very special one. It has interesting “signs” of Athena Polias and Poseidon. Try to find them. Tips: one is a vegetable one and a other crosses the ceiling. It’s most well known feature though is the Porch of the Karyatids, all six here are reproductions. You can see five of the magnificent female draped figures in the New Acropolis Museum. The sixth one is in the British Museum.
  • Just incredible! Need to see in person to truly appreciate the awesomeness that is Ancient Greek architecture.
  • Beautiful doorway and it's incredible that its current condition has managed to survive all these centuries. Great photo opportunities as well - both the monument itself, and the surrounding views of the city.
  • Not quite as well known as the Parthenon, but it is even better in my opinion. You can get up close with it which is great.
  • The Caryatids are memorable. Some of the originals are down the hill in the Acropolis museum, one in the British museum and the other destroyed. Go very early or very late. You only need 30 to 40 minutes on the Acropolis

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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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