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Temple of Poseidon, Sounio

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Study the ruins of Temple of Poseidon, where the ancient Greeks brought sacrifices to the powerful god of the sea, Neptune. The Doric columns still stand 60 m (200 ft) above the ocean, even in their ruined state. The artifacts harvested from the site, including the Kournos of Sounion, are on display at the Athens National Archeological Museum. Take a guided tour from the entrance or walk the grounds on your own along the trail that leads to the temple. The attraction is visible from all around the peninsula, but the view from the ruins is by far the highlight. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. To visit Temple of Poseidon and get the most from your holiday in Sounio, create itinerary details personal to you using our Sounio vacation planner.
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  • Visited it at sunset - long drive from Athens along the beautiful picturesque coastline - it's simply amazing. We reached an hour before sunset. Views all around with sea, plains and highlands far beh...  more »
  • I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon at this magnificent Temple. Spectacular views all round Cape Saunion as well. Definitely worth the 90 minutes trip from Athens.  more »
  • In our opinion it is one of the best places for a tourist to visit if they want a day outside Athens. The temple is majestic and the scenery breathtaking, as you're being surrounded by the sea from th...  more »
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  • Beautiful place. Was one of the stand-outs of the holiday. Going at sunset is popular and there were many others after the same view, but it was worth it. Amazing views for miles and lovely pictures with the temple and sunset behind. Good number of boards explaining the history and general area is pretty well kept.
  • Absolutely stunning piece of history that stands on the beautiful shores of Greece. Definitely stay for the sunset, though be prepared to be yelled at by caretakers as the rush you out of the area before the sun fully sets. One star taken off for that. Otherwise, highly recommend the trip!
  • We visited the Temple of Poseidon on a stormy, dramatic day. It was perfect. The view is great, the history , the dramatic coastline it's all pretty fabulous. There's a small souvenir shop carrying the usual tatt, and a cafe with undercover seating. The parking can get crazy on a busy day. If you don't want to wait for people to leave, there's a beach at the bottom of the hill with a couple of great tavernas. You can kill and hour or two here and wait for the traffic situation to ease up :)
  • Easy to travel here via bus from Athens for €14 total to and from. A beautiful sight and super windy. But besides the temple, nothing else to do here.
  • Such a magical place. Spent the last days of my Honeymoon here. To the left of the Temple on the road going up the hill, climb down the cliff and there is a beach and a Secret Cave only known to the locals.

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