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Erechtheion

Athens 10558, Greece
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Ranked #5 of 194 attractions in Athens
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Ancient Ruins
Owner description: The second largest temple on the Acropolis has a complex and unique structure, including its famous Porch of the Caraytis with statues of six graceful... more » Owner description: The second largest temple on the Acropolis has a complex and unique structure, including its famous Porch of the Caraytis with statues of six graceful maidens on the south side and a four-pillared porch with six Ionic columns on the north side. « less
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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170 reviews 170 reviews
67 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This was my favourite temple in Athens. I especially love the columns. I wish I had a tour guide to give me more information when I was visiting. I bought a book after my visit, but I should have read about it beforehand.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The majesty of this building is amazing. The Caryatids are stunning (Remember originals minus one are in Archaeological Museum) . These are copies that do not detract from place's energy or beauty

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Sioux City, Iowa
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The remains on the Acropolis are for the most part not very complete. This is no exception, but its beauty is truly eye-catching and delicate in a sea of columns that make up the rest of the Acropolis.Construction began in 420 to replace the old temple, and it was built for religious rituals. The statues are actually called the Caryatids,... More

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Sydney, Australia
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Apart from the Parthenon, this was our next favourite monument on the Acropolis. Just love the way the maidens hold the portico at the corner of the building. I believe that these are not the originals, but no matter what, they add a special touch to the building ( we saw some of the originals in the Acropolis museum, apart... More

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Timmins, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

To be honest, at some point all of the ruins begin to look the same... However, this one stands out with its beautiful marble women acting as beams that hold the place together, much like we hold the world together today ;) worth a visit and part of your Acropolis ticket, so no extra fee

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

Wow!!! This was just beautiful...finally to see it up close and personal for the very first time! Please visit or you will have cheated yourself.

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Melbourne Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I have always loved this building, and the whole acropolis. One of my favourite places in the world to be.

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Fryazino, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

It's a small three-part temple of complicated structure opposite the Parthenon. The legend says it was built just in the place where Athena and Poseidon had claimed to be the protector of Attica. The Caryatids are copies, the originals are in the Acropolis Museum. While looking the fascinating ruins you can enjoy here some shadow.

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We (a couple) had a chance to admire the complex of Caryatids at the Erechtheion temple. For us, it is one of the most spectacular complex of statues of the Acropolis. The maiden statues are very beautiful with realistic and impressive clothes and hair. Each one of them has a different hair style. Even if the Caryatids standing on the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

part of the acropolis, the information on it is all in the museum but makes a good photo opportunity.

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