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Erechtheion

Athens 10558, Greece
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Ranked #5 of 199 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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Arequipa Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

So delicate and beautiful, very different. The view from the structure was amazing, how they perched the structure required precise engineering.

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

While the original caryatid statues are in the museum, this is still the most impressive temple on the Acropolis to me. Roped off, so you can't get too close.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

one of the classic temples of ancient Greece and one of the most beautiful. Do read something about the Acropolis and its temples in advance or hire a guide - will provide much better experience.

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Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The pictures really say it all. This is yet another example of the genius of the ancient Greeks. One cannot deny that they had style! The "Porch of the Maidens" is simply spectacular and is so fun to see in person. Yet another reason to visit the Acropolis. If I ever get the chance to go again I will.

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Ringwood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The image of the human being as a pillar IS here a reality. Alas, there are so few real human "PILLARS" left in the society we have created. :(

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Istanbul, Turkey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We went there to see the "must see" Acropolis in Athens.. when we entered the site, we were very disappointed since there were only 2-3 buildings in that area and nothing was really breathtaking. We have so many more unique buildings on a historical site called Ephesus in Turkey, this one really didn't impress us at all. It took us... More

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The Acropolis is huge with many historical and compelling structures in and around it. Just to be there and imagine what it must have been like in the mid 4th century BC is amazing. This structure, with the lovely maidens, always felt the most personal to me of those in the Acropolis. I always called them 'Maidens of the Porch'.... More

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Mosman, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Stunning ancient building. A must visit when in Athens. Avoid midday sun. Take Comfortable shoes, sunscreen and a hat.

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Niteroi, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We can almost touch the history. The porch and the Caryatids worth a visit. The 6 Caryatids were at Acropolis Museum.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The Erechtheion is a marble temple located on the great Acropolis in Athens. Construction began in 421 BC by Phidias (he also did the Parthenon) and took 15 years to complete; due to war, the budget and therefore size of the building was reduced. The most identifiable feature of the temple is the 'porch' with five statues, Caryatids, (originally six,... More

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