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Address: Athens 10558, Greece
Description: The second largest temple on the Acropolis has a complex and unique...
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.
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In order to beat the groups (that are impolite and noisy), come no later than 8.30. Remember to take time studying the sculptures - even though they are reconstructions. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Odense, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

In order to beat the groups (that are impolite and noisy), come no later than 8.30. Remember to take time studying the sculptures - even though they are reconstructions. The originals are placed in the New Acropolis Museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Built between 421 - 406 BC, the Erechtheion is mostly famous for the Porch of the Caryatids. Even if, on site, you get to take pictures of the replicas, the thrill is still there. Besides, you can see "the real thing" in the Acropolis Museum.

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

One of the most elegant and stylish temples i have seen . When you Approach it please observe the ceiling and the art in its colomns in the back part of the temple . Needless to describe the beauty of Karyatides the ladies that hold the front top of the Temple.It is the first thing your eye may catch as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Amazing how so long ago (450 BC) the Greeks were able to design and construct such a beautiful building. Its doubtful many will miss this as its part of the Acropolis but take the time to appreciate what has gone into its history

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

What is there to dislike....nothing is was awesome! The Greek knew how and did it! How much have we progressed?

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The temple as seen today was built between 421 and 406 BC. Its architect may have been Mnesicles, and it derived its name from a shrine dedicated to the legendary Greek hero Erichthonius. The sculptor and mason of the structure was Phidias, who was employed by Pericles to build both the Erechtheum and the Parthenon. The entire temple is on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The caryatids are famous and the real ones are in the museum - and the BM. Read about Kekrops and the serpent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Perhaps overshadowed by the Parthenon, this is impressive in its own right. Porch of the Caryatids is an amazing piece of architecture and as mentioned by others you cannot tell these are reproductions. The 12 Euro Acropolis entry ticket gives you access to this and many other ancient sites. If you're going to the Acropolis to see the Parthenon you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This is right by Acropolis and Parthenon, so it doesn't get the full attention like the ones I just mentioned, it was ok, wasn't amazed by it,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

you have seen it in the pictures but seeing it for yourself is another thing. The original sculptures are in the Acropolis museum but you wouldn't know it as they look the same. Spend some time up there and admire the hard work and craftsmanship that went into these structures. These are architectural masterpieces.

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