Temple of Poseidon, Sounion, Greece – UNESCO Site

We took a cab from Athens to Sounion to see the Temple of Poseidon. Alex was the driver and quite an educated one. We got a bit of the local history of Sounion (wiki) before we got there. On arrival we invited Alex to sit with us at a very nice restaurant nearby the Temple. After a bottle of fino vin blanc, we made our way to the Temple.

This was one of the few temples in Greece (the Temple of Hephaestus is another one) that isn’t flooded with the usual tourists and tour buses. I guess the 2-hr drive isn’t attractive 🙂  Sitting atop a very steep hill, the temple overlooks the Aegean Sea, with a grand view of the landscape of Sounion behind it. Like many ruins, only the pillars and floor remains. With the drawing of what it looked like, nearby on a Visitor Center board, and our imagination, we were quite able to picture what it must have been like. Ale reminded us to look for  column with the poet Lord Byron‘s name inscribed on it.

The sun setting on SounionBecause of the long drive there, a long lunch and just soaking up the atmosphere, we got to the temple in the late afternoon. By sundown, the chilly wind was too much to take. We made our way back to the cab and watched thru the rear window as the sun set upon Poseidon’s Temple, overlooking the Aegean Sea (wiki).

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