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Temple of Poseidon Sounion, Sounio

Categories: Ruins, Tourist Spots
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Study the ruins of Temple of Poseidon Sounion, 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 Sounion and get the most from your holiday in Sounio, create itinerary details personal to you using our Sounio vacation planner.
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  • Just like the Acropolis in Athens, this site is cordoned off to presumably stop many visiting tourists from spoiling the ancients stones and construction but apart from that, provides for a wonderful ...  read more »
  • Fabulous view! It's worth the time. It is 70 km from Athens. There are 2 hours on a common bus that leaves every hour. The visit can be fast, even more so if you've already been on the acropolis but there is a candy, you can have lunch there and wait for the sunset. I upload photo of the timetables of the bus and the stop because it is not easy to find (unless you go to the terminal...). The next stop is in the street avenida filellinon 10. And the trip is along the coast, you'll see beaches and the sea... The walk is worthwhile!
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  • Quite small as ruins go but perched on top of the cliffs with deep blue sea all around, this is a dramatic setting. Wonderful sunsets across the bay. 
  • the key attraction at the Cape Sounion site is certainly the temple of Poseidon. A great place for some photos. If you can visit near /at sunset, the views can be very impressive. During our May visit the closing time was straight after sunset, perfect! Lots of people were there to enjoy it.
  • This is definately one of the most impressive Temples as it looms up on the hill.Even from a distance it looks impressive.The gates up to the temple close at sunset as its is an impressive sight as the sun goes down.4 euros or 2 for seniors.There is a restaurant there too.
  • Magnificent view overlooking the wine dark Aegean. This temple has a specialness to it...perhaps from the view or perhaps because it in enrobed in the mythology of Theseus and his father Kind Aegeus (for whom the Aegean is named) Aegeus flung himself from this very cliff when he thought his son Theseus was lost to him. Theseus had gone to slay the Minotaur on Crete, but alas, upon his return he forgot to change his sails (which was the signal to his father that he was alive) and the King, bereft, dove into the sea. Theseus built this Temple to Poseidon in his father's name. Powerful stuff. Powerful temple in extraordinary location. Grab an ice cream at the cafe...great views of the Temple from there and a respite from the heat.
  • Unforgettable experience. It's a must for everyone who wants to see archeological sites outside Athens. Except for the temple of Poseidon, there's also the fortress, the sanctuary of Athena and the ship decks.
  • A place of great beauty. One of the most important archaeological sites in the Attica region. Only 60 km from the centre of the city. A very nice day trip.
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