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Erechtheion

Athens 10558, Greece
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Ranked #5 of 201 Attractions in Athens
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

What do you call a building that is purported to house the remains the remains of the first King of Attica, the spring site of Poseidon's struck trident, the root of the Olive tree that Athena presented to Athens which henceforth was called after that goddess, and the facsimiles of the caryatids? Inspired. Elegant. Precious. That's the Erechtheion.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

the Caryatids were one of the most enjoyable part of this temple, but my favorite was how the myth of the contest between Poseidon and Athena came to life with the olive tree and whole n the floor where the spring was supposed to have been created by Poseidon. it brings Greek myth and history some validity and truth! interesting... More

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New York City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

This is a classic - perhaps THE classic small Greek temple. Atop the Acropolis hill, of course. Mostly intact, and second to the Parthenon.

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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Loved it, but was a bit disappointed that the statues on the building wasn't the real ancient ones. But i understand why. ;)

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Where your sun block or bring an umbrella. Nothing to dislike on this only things to awe. You'll be able to get great photos and film and you won't be disappointed.

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Northern VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

The story told by this monument is uplifting and fascinating. Hard to imagine how that sculpture was done---and glad it still survives.

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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The Acropolis is hot, dusty, full of tourists (like you), and slow. It's also the Acropolis and as far as I know the only place with the Erechtheion. So if you want to see it (plus the positively sweeping views of Athens; quite impressive), go.

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The story of the maidens is tragic and interesting. The symbolic meaning of the temple is amazing. A nice addition to your visit to the Acropolis.

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

What is nice about Erechtheum is Caryatids. It is impossible to miss them if you visit Acropolis. The ticket to acropolis is 12 euro. For me is too much. Ok it permits you the entrance to other ancient sites but it would be better to have a choice and pay less. Don't forget to visit the lower part of Erechtheum.... More

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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

The temple was very close to the Parthenon on the Acropolis and the Porch of the Caryatids was wonderful. The girls are reproductions, as the Athens air pollution was degrading the originals, but stunning nonetheless. Beautiful old temple.

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