Acropolis - Porch of the Caryatids, Athens

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    Acropolis - Porch of the Caryatids
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  • Acropolis - Porch of the Caryatids
    Acropolis - Porch of the Caryatids
    by Kuznetsov_Sergey
  • Acropolis - Porch of the Caryatids
    Acropolis - Porch of the Caryatids
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    Elegance and style

    by solopes Written Dec 16, 2013
    Erechtheion - Athens

    All isolated statues were removed to the museum, but fortunately, these ones, holding the structure couldn't be removed. They composse the most elegante and harmonious detail in the rich emsemble of Pártenon.

    Now the truth: Yes, they were also removed, five of them to the museum, and one to England, but the copies are perfectly "umperfect" respecting the aging expected in a piece of art coming from the 6th century BC.

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    Porch of the Caryatids

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jul 23, 2008

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    Acropolis - Porch of the Caryatids
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    On the north side, there is another large porch with columns, and on the south, the famous "Porch of the Maidens", with six draped female figures (caryatids) as supporting columns, each sculpted in a manner different from the rest and engineered in such a way that their slenderest part, the neck, is capable of supporting the weight of the porch roof whilst remaining graceful and feminine.

    You may watch my high resolution photo of Acropolis on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 37º 58' 18.72" N 23º 43' 34.39" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Porch of the Caryatids .

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    Porch of the Caryatids

    by mikey_e Written Jul 4, 2007
    Porch of the Caryatids

    The Porch of the Caryatids is a bit misleading. It is indeed quite beautiful and that is in part thanks to the models used for the statues - all of whom were women from Karyai (Karyes), hence the name Caryatids. The lie is in the origin of the statues on display. The ones you will see are in fact plaster casts. The real statues are either in the Acropolis Museum or the British Museum (stolen by Lord Elgin). Nevertheless, it is difficult to notice the well-intentioned forgery when your on the Acropolis Rock.

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    ACROPOLIS - THE CARYATIDS

    by LoriPori Written Jun 26, 2007

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    The six lovely maidens - the Caryatids
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    The Caryatids have become the Erechtheion temple’s signature feature, as they stand and seem to casually support the weight of the porch’s roof on their heads. Their identification, or the purpose for such elaborate column treatment is lost through the centuries. All the Caryatids on site today are exact replicas, while the originals are protected by the corrosive air of modern Athens in the Acropolis museum, encased in glass. One of the six Caryatids can be seen in the London museum having been appropriated, some say stolen, by Lord Elgin along with the Parthenon marbles.
    I found the lovely maidens so wonderful and photogenic.

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    Caryatids

    by Jmill42 Written Mar 15, 2004

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    The Caryatids

    Sometimes referred to as the Porch of the Maidens, the south side of the Erechtheion contains the statues know as the Caryatids. These are the famous statues in the image of females in gowns flowing in the wind. What you see today are replicas and the originals are located only steps away in the Acropolis Museum.

    Side Note: Not ALL of the Caryatids are located there, as one is located in London.

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    The Caryatids -close up

    by amsterdam_vallon Written Dec 28, 2003

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    The Caryatids

    These are only cast replicas of the original statues, five of which are now on display in the Acropolis Museum, out of harm's way. The origials stood here for twenty-four centuries, supporting the elaborate stonework above their heads. The Caryatids are named for the women of Karyai, near Sparta.

    Visitors are not allowed to get close to the Caryatids. Make sure got a zoom!!

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