The Erechtheion Temple - Athens Greece

The Erechtheion Temple - Athens Greece
The Erechtheion Temple sits at the top of the Acropolis in the shadow of the Parthenon. The Erechtheion Temple was built around 420 BC as a dedication to the Goddess Athena. Although much smaller than the Parthenon the Erechtheion Temple was an architectural wonder and was decorated with very ornate features.
The Erechtheion Temple - Athens Greece
The Erechtheion Temple - Athens Greece
The Porch of the Caryatids (Porch of the Maidens). 
Originally there were six figures in total. One of the statues was removed in the early 19th century by a British Lord and is now on display in the British Museum. Another was destroyed while being removed. The remaining original statues were removed and housed in the old Greek Acropolis Museum and recently moved to the new Acropolis Museum. These statues that adorn the temple today are exact replicas of the originals and exhibit every detail of the wear from centuries of exposure. They are however, no less beautiful than the ones on display in the museums.
The Erechtheion Temple - Athens Greece
The Erechtheion Temple - Athens Greece
The Erechtheion Temple - Athens Greece
The Erechtheion Temple - Athens Greece
The Erechtheion Temple - Athens Greece
The Porch of the Caryatids (Porch of the Maidens)
The Erechtheion Temple - Athens Greece
The Erechtheion Temple - Athens Greece
Here is a beautiful example of the ornate stone carvings that decorated the temple.
The Erechtheion Temple - Athens Greece


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  1. Great post with amazing photographs! I visited the Acropolis Museum the summer it opened its doors to the public. An extraordinary place about which I have shared my own feelings in a post and my book to be. The empty place on the Caryatid stand drives emptiness to the heart of visitors and makes her sisters look lonely.

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