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Sounion Ruins, afternoon trip out of Athens

on January 19, 2013

Monday, 12/17/12

Our only day trip out of Athens was a few hour tour to the Sounion Ruins.  We had scheduled this trip at a travel agency in the morning and  we picked up at a hotel at 2.  The ride down was nice, mostly through the city and finally on some winding roads.  We had about 1 hour to walk around there.01381 01363

Cape Sounion is on the Attica Peninsula, about 45 miles south of Athens.  It is the ruins of Poseidon, the god of the sea.    What is interesting is that is surrounded on 3 sides by the sea and a popular place to watch sunsets, but we left before the sunset!    The structure dates back to 700 BC.01375 01369 01366

This spot, according to legend is where the king of Athens, Aegeus jumped to his death off the cliff and hence why the sea is not called the Aegean Sea.

In the early 1800’s an English poet Lord Byron carved his name in one of the columns.  He was enthralled with the area.  You can no longer see the inscription because it is barracked off.01387 01379 01361 01438 01417


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