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Erechtheion

Erechtheion

One of the most valuable monuments of ancient Greek architecture is rightfully considered the Erechtheion - the main temple of Athens, which is located on the Acropolis.
Construction of the temple lasted between 421 and 406 years BC. The shrine is dedicated to Poseidon, Athena, and the king Erechtheus. Magnificent temple is shrouded by many myths and legends. According to legend, it was built on the spot where the dispute took Athena and Poseidon for the right to possession of Attica. In its heyday the temple is a storehouse of valuable relics, and beside him famous olive tree sprouted Athens.
Erechtheion attracts not only rich in history, but also an unusual layout structures due to large changes in elevation of the soil. The temple facades extraordinarily diverse. Sculptural decoration amaze by their perfection, and the stone caryatids - six girls who support the roof of the temple, are a symbol of the Athenian Acropolis.
A unique temple Erechtheion is one of the most significant monuments of ancient Greek culture.
 

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