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Temple Of Poseidon

High on a rocky hillside overlooking the sea is one of Greece’s most recognizable temples, which pays homage to Poseidon, God of the Sea.

The Temple of Poseidon is set on a rocky hilltop overlooking the Aegean Sea, on the picturesque Saronic Gulf. Gazing at the glittering sea and the 15 remaining Doric columns, it’s easy to see why this is one of the best-loved archeological sites in Greece. One of the columns is inscribed with the autograph of the English poet Lord Byron, adding to the romantic aura.

One of the big attractions at the Temple of Poseidon is the view. You can see all the way to Kea and the Peloponnese islands on a clear day. Snapshots of the sunset from this dramatic hilltop will make even cellphone photographers look good.

Poseidon was second in power to Zeus in Greek mythology. The fishermen and mariners of ancient Greece prayed to this god of the sea fervently. He was frequently portrayed carrying a trident which, when angry, he used to stir up ship-wrecking storms. Those seeking his favor would leave an animal sacrifice and other gifts on the steps of the temple. 

The temple of Poseidon was constructed in 444 to 440 B.C. There were 42 white marble columns rising 20 feet (6 meters). The hall of worship housed a towering 20-foot (6-meter) high bronze statue of Poseidon.  

The Temple of Poseidon is located in Cape Sounion, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Athens by car. You can also take a local bus, or as part of a guided tour. The temple has a small admission fee and it’s open daily, April through February. Make sure to bring a hat and plenty of sunscreen as there’s no shade. 


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Cape Sounio, Grecotel Exclusive Resort
Cape Sounio, Grecotel Exclusive Resort

Cape Sounio, Grecotel Exclusive Resort

67 Km Athens Sounio Road, Lavreotiki, Attiki
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Lavreotiki resort is located by the sea, within 2 mi (3 km) of Sounion Beach and Temple of Poseidon. Legrena and Asimáki are also within 3 miles (5 km).

    Poseidon Beach Villas CA $154
    Poseidon Beach Villas

    Poseidon Beach Villas

    67,5 km Athinon Souniou, Laurium, Lavreotiki
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Lavreotiki, this beachfront aparthotel is in the historical district and within 9 mi (15 km) of Mineralogical Museum of Lavrio, Archaeological Museum of Lavrion and Chaos Meteor Crater. Thoricus and Folkflore Museum of Anavyssos are also within 12 mi (20 km).

      Aegeon Beach Hotel
      Aegeon Beach Hotel

      Aegeon Beach Hotel

      68Km Athens - Sounio Avenue, Sounio, Lavreotiki, Attiki
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Lavreotiki, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Sounion Beach and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Temple of Poseidon. Asimáki and Pasá are also within 3 miles (5 km).

        Villa Hera At Cape Sounion
        Villa Hera At Cape Sounion

        Villa Hera At Cape Sounion

           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Lavreotiki, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sounion Beach and Temple of Poseidon. Asimáki and Pasá are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Luxurious Villa Sounio
          Luxurious Villa Sounio

          Luxurious Villa Sounio

          LAVRIOU-SOUNIOU 69 KM, Lavreotiki, Attica
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Lavreotiki, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sounion Beach and Temple of Poseidon. Asimáki and Pasá are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            Legrena Beach Villa in Sounio
            Legrena Beach Villa in Sounio

            Legrena Beach Villa in Sounio

            aktis 3, Lavreotiki, Attica
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Nestled on the beach, this Lavreotiki villa is within 3 mi (5 km) of Legrena, Chárakas and Sounion Beach. Asimáki and Pasá are also within 6 miles (10 km).

              Legrena Beach Villa in Sounio
              Legrena Beach Villa in Sounio

              Legrena Beach Villa in Sounio

              aktis 3, Lavreotiki, Attica
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated by the ocean, this historic villa is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Legrena and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Temple of Poseidon. Chárakas and Sounion Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                Saron Hotel CA $75
                Saron Hotel

                Saron Hotel

                60 km Sounion - lavrion Avenue, Sounio, Lavreotiki, Attica
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Asimáki and within 3 miles (5 km) of Temple of Poseidon and Port of Lavrio. Pasá and Tsíou are also within 1 mile (2 km).