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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. A visit to Temple of Poseidon represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Sounio trip builder site to plot your vacation.
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  • Taking into consideration all attractions Greece has to offer, this is definitely not a must see. Dont spend whole day travelling there. 10 euros for few columns. Went there for a sunset which was ok....  more
    Taking into consideration all attractions Greece has to offer, this is definitely not a must see. Dont spend whole day travelling there. 10 euros for few columns. Went there for a sunset which was ok....  more »
  • Hired a car for the day and explored the Apollo coast south of Athens. At the southern most tip of Mount Sounion we visited this impressive ancient temple and surrounding ruins. Beautiful backdrop.....  more
    Hired a car for the day and explored the Apollo coast south of Athens. At the southern most tip of Mount Sounion we visited this impressive ancient temple and surrounding ruins. Beautiful backdrop.....  more »
  • It was Spectacular! We were sailing at the Cyclades and spend a night at the Sounion cape. Ruins of the Temple of Poseidon took us to the myths of ancient Greece. You could not believe that you... 
    It was Spectacular! We were sailing at the Cyclades and spend a night at the Sounion cape. Ruins of the Temple of Poseidon took us to the myths of ancient Greece. You could not believe that you...  more »
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  • We had some time to kill before our flight from Athens and spontaneously decided to visit the Temple of Poseidon - and it was 100% worth it! This temple has the most beautiful setting, surrounded by the sea. Which is of course only fitting for a temple that is dedicated to the God of the sea. There are many nice seafood restaurants close by, so you can combine your trip with a seaside lunch/dinner.
  • What a remarkable experience. If any other country had such a unique temple, the island would be a crowded tourism center. Thanks to Greece being bad in marketing, it is still a small peaceful island with only couple of places to have lunch and sit. If you’re sailing through, spending the night here would be amazing under the stars with the companionship of Poseidon!
  • The Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounio play notable parts in Greek mythology and history, but the best reason to visit is the lack of tourist crowds and the water views. The site is not as grand as those to be found in Athens, but it is a shorter ascent than the Acropolis. Those with ADA issues, please be aware that the ramp -- while able to handle a variety of wheelchairs and scooters -- stops approximately 150-200 feet from the ruins. There is an open air taverna nearby and two gift shops. Along the drive to the Temple are several public beaches.
  • Beautiful spot. I recommend going in the morning or evening if you're going in the summer (very hot). Nice views and beaches nearby. There's also a nice Cafe and gift shops.
  • Unannounced strike of the ticketing kiosk employees prevented access to the site. Our driver, our hotel, and many other tourists were completely unaware of the closure- so basically, we paid for a drive down the coastal highway from Athens & a sunset tour of the Temple & had to make due without visiting the ruins.

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