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“Next to other historical ruins” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Erechtheion

Erechtheion
Athens 10558, Greece
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Ranked #5 of 198 attractions in Athens
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Ancient Ruins
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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.
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“Next to other historical ruins”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We arrived by cruise ship into Athens and did the bus tour "The Best of Athens. This building is next to the Parthenon. It is beautifully preserved and is my favourite out of all the ruins there. I loved the Porch of Maidens, the Caryatids, the most beautiful part of Erechtheion. Definitely worth a visit for the views over Athens as well.

Visited September 2013
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“The temple dedicated to both Athena and Poseidon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

If you don't know the story, when Athens became a powerful city, Athena and Poseidon vied to be chosen as the patron diety of the city. Poseidon offered the gift of sea water and horses, and Athena the gift of the olive tree. The people chose Athena, naming their city after her, and dedicating many temples in her name. Yet they wanted to honor Poseidon for his gifts as well. The temple of Erechtheion is dedicated to both gods.

It is another amazing example of ancient Greek architecture that is a must see in Athens. The Porch of the Caryatids is very special. It is located on the south side of the building and has six draped ladies who serve as the column supports for the structure. Their hair is especially fascinating as they all have thick braids running down the back of their necks to thicken them and make their necks strong enough to support all of the weight over their heads.

Five of the original statues are now housed in the new Acropolis museum to protect them from the elements. The sixth lady was stolen by British Lord Elgin in 1801 (along with the north column of the east porch) to decorate his Scottish mansion. The new Acropolis museum has dedicated spaces for these lost treasures should they one day be returned to their rightful owner, Greece.

Visited October 2013
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“Great structure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

It is part of the complex on top of the Acropolis. To see the famous statues from the porch on the temple are replicas. To protect the originals they were moved to the New Acropolis Museum which is a very good visit in Athens.

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“Part of the Acropolis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Get up there early in the morning to beat the crowds and heat. Be sure to walk around the entire building to appreciate how different the various sides are.

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“Neatest bulding on the Acropolis!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

The Parthenon gets all the fame, but the Erechtheion is in many way the more interesting building. It's actually the more sacred of the two, and architecturally a bit of a mismash, with it's classical colums on one side and woman-shaped columns on the other.

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