Temple of Poseidon, Athens
Poseidon or Neptune is the God of the Seas, a brother to Zeus who lived in an underwater palace. But the Greeks made him a wonderful "land" temple set by the sea --- at Cape Sounion, 70 km south od Athens on a rocky cliffside that plunges 65 m down into the sea. A dramatic setting indeed!
I chose to just get a scenic coastal bus tour to this Temple which was built in 444 BC since it was easy and convenient (leaves hourly from Athens, 1 1/2 hour at 4.5 Euros – from the Mavromateon bus terminal. The remaining 16 Doric columns are still impressive and can be probably viewed clearly from the sea. The Lord Byron also has a “grafitti” on this site because he liked it so much! His name is on one of the columns, and others unfortunately placed their names on the columns too…please don’t do this!
Just an hour or so away from Athens at the southern tip of the Attican peninsula is the incomparable Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sunion (or Sunio to the locals). This monument is supposed to be very beautiful at sunset, though I could not wait that long. While there are public transporation buses to Cape Sunion, I took a tourist bus (34Euros).
Built around the same time as Parthenon, this temple was built to worship Poseidon, the god of sea. It is well situated in the cape Sounion overlooking the sea. If the statue was still there, it would be tremendous. Sadly, only a few doric columns remain. About 70km from Athens, it took us three hours to get there by bus. The bus leaves from Mavromateon bus terminal every hour at half-hour. When I visited, the terminal was dismantled for renovation If you go there now, you need to ask locals where the buses are. There are both inland and coastal bus. Pick one.
This was my second visit to Athens and this time I decided to watch the sunset from Cape Sunion. Its only a 30 minutes ride from the Kavouri area to Sunion (from the city it had taken me around 90 minutes to get there during my last visit).
The drive itself was fantastic as its all along the coastline. The temple of Poseidon stands in all its majesty. The best way to get there is to hire a cab by the hour - works out quite nice if you are 4 people else book a tour through any of the tour companies.
Cape Sounio on the southeastern of Attica (69km from Athens) is linked with one of the most beautiful classical monuments the temple of Poseidon. Temple of Poseidon is as the crown of the cape, surrounded by a double fortification wall with Doric propylaia and porticoes.
The Temple of Poseidon was built between 444 and 440 BC. It is believed that it is connected with Pericle's extensive construction program in Attica and was constructed by the same architect who designed the Temple of Hephaistos at the Ancient Agora in Athens.
To go there you can take an organized tour from the Tourist Office or, better, take a normal bus ... I can assure you that it is really more picturesque!
70 km south of Athens, at the southernmost tip of continental Europe at Cape Sounion, is the Temple of Poseidon. It stands on a craggy spur that plunges 65 meters down into the Aegean Sea. Built in 444 BC, it is constructed of local marble and its 16 remaining columns are Doric. The Temple of Poseidon is the only temple in Greece which opens till sunset. Therefore, the best time to visit the temple will be in the late afternoon so that you can view the glorious sunset. On a clear day, you can see the islands of Kea, Kythnos and Serifos.
The Temple is Poseidon is located a few miles from Athens in the town of Sounion on the Aegean. Excellent view from the rock cliffs and a much more solitary experience with an ancient temple.