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Erechtheion, Athens

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Across from the Parthenon, Erechtheion has gained acclaim for its south porch, which is supported by female figures in place of traditional columns. These six figures, called caryatids, play the same architectural role as columns and were built from marble. The caryatids are exact replicas of the originals, which are on display in a protected environment in the Acropolis Museum. The temple was built between 420 and 406 BCE, and the complex was designed to protect its several sacred shrines. Using our world travel planner, Athens attractions like Erechtheion can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This is another temple on top of the Acropolis. Quite a bit smaller than the Parthenon, it is still an impressive structure and worthy spending some time wandering past it to admire it more closely.  more »
  • One of the most beautiful and interesting of the Acropolis. The most evocative buildings I've ever seen.
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  • What liked of all the Acropolis. While the caryatids are not the originals, they are just very good. Very photogenic.
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  • This is the One of the things I visited Athens for. These 6 women figures look so dramatic on the top of the Acropolis hill, ancient and proud. Even the Parthenon I don't find as attractive as the Erechtheion, even tho' the original statues are displayed in the nearby museum. So happy that I've seen it with my own eyes!
  • One of my favourite Greek temples with the outstanding Porch of the Caryatids - although these are copies of the original ones (one can be seen at the British museum, and the other five at the acropolis museum) due to its choppy history. The temple was built at different heights and tried to preserve several shrines, but it is widely believed to be dedicated to Athena.
  • The mythical olive tree ( not the “original”!) and the 6 statues ( also copies) are the most memorable parts of this important building. 5 of the original statues are in the Acropolis museum and the 6th is in the British museum.
  • Absolutely spectacular, like the sirens of ancient myth you'll find yourself spellbound and unable to resist the powerful call of this truly amazing archaeological wonder.... Enjoy my friends...history awaits you :)
  • Beautiful. Just beautiful. Especially the Kariatydes. If you want a closer look the original Kariatydes are at the Acropolis museum nearby.
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