Temple of Poseidon   82599
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Location: Cape Sounion      by: Giuseppe Marzulli
Area: Greece      Date: May 2014
Place me on Sunium's marbled steep,
Where nothing, save the waves and I,
May hear our mutual murmurs sweep...
(Lord Byron)

The dramatic coastal location of Cape Sounion in southern Attica was an ideal spot for a Temple of Poseidon, god of the sea.
In a maritime country like Greece, the god of the sea was bound to occupy a high position in the divine hierarchy and Poseidon was considered second only to Zeus the supreme god himself.
The temple was a venue where mariners, and also entire cities or states, could propitiate Poseidon, by making animal sacrifice, or leaving gifts.
Now it is famous for its ruins and the magnificent geographical location. It is said that the sunset at the Temple of Poseidon is one of the most beautiful in Greece. But I was tired and I fell asleep at sunset ;). When I woke up, the sun was long gone...


Incredibile, prima d'ora non c'era nulla dal Sounion su questo sito.
Spero segua anche il tanto celebrato tramonto dal capo... la prima volta che fui in Grecia in bici, nel lontano 1989, ricordo che feci una specie di cronometro da Vravrona al Sounion onde arrivare per tempo al fatidico evento - che quel giorno fu di uno scialbo unico!
2014/05/20 05:58 , Pedrotti Alberto
Sensationelle Neuheit 
Eine neue Art von Präsentation.
Auf dem Niveau eines Fotokünstlers!
Gruss Walter
2014/05/20 14:40 , Walter Schmidt
Wow, very strong portrait of the temple !
Interesting that you mentioned Lord Byron. I once worked frequently for a couple of month near Cambridge (Swynford Paddock, Six Mile Bottom) and twice I lodged in the house where Lady Augusta lived (Lord Byron's half sister). Long story short .... the hotel was full of stories of the two, especially also of Lord Byron (George Gordon Byron) - very romantic stuff (Britain's romantic era). VG.

2014/05/20 23:16 , Hans-Jürgen Bayer
@Alberto: io invece avevo il tramonto giusto. Ma mi ero svegliato il mattino alle 4 ed al tramonto mi sono addormentato (a pochi distanza dal tempio c'è un hotel). Quando mi sono svegliato ho scattato questa foto, ma il sole era tramontato da più di un' ora. Il posto è bellissimo, ma non penso ci tornerò mai più.
@Walter: Danke. Ihr Kommentar hat mich sehr gefreut.
@Hans-Jürgen: Your comment is very interesting. I have not mentioned Byron by accident. Byron spent several months in 1810-11 in Athens, including two documented visits to Sounion. Byron mentions Sounion in his poem "Isles of Greece" and carved his name in one of the columns of the temple.
2014/05/21 00:07 , Giuseppe Marzulli
I am deeply impressed by this picture. I will take it as a benchmark for my further night-time-work.
Herzlichst Christoph
2014/05/25 22:39 , Christoph Seger
Obviously he didn't get caught during his gravings - in flagranti I mean :-)
2014/05/27 22:32 , Hans-Jürgen Bayer
Now you can not get too close to the temple. I think to avoid imitators of Lord Byron :-) .
2014/05/27 22:39 , Giuseppe Marzulli
2019/05/01 02:26 , Matthias Knapp

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