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The Temple of Poseidon in Sounion

The temple of Sounion sits above the beach on a mountain that juts out into the sea and was dedicated to Poseidon.

In ancient times the temple was the last sign of civilization the Athenians saw as they sailed away from home and the first as they returned back in Athens.

The choice of this spot is a good one. It is hard to imagine a more perfect setting for an ancient temple, in particular one dedicated to the god of the sea.

The temple is of Doric style and was built in the 5th Century BC, supposedly on the location of an even older temple.

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