Temple of Neptune! (Cape Sounion-Greece)

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Cape Sounion (Modern Greek: Aκρωτήριο Σούνιο, transliterated Akrotírio Soúnio, pronounced [akroˈtirʝo ˈsuɲo]; Ancient Greek: Άκρον Σούνιον, Άkron Soúnion; Latin: Sunium promonturium; Venetian: Capo Colonne - "Cape of Columns") is a promontory located 69 kilometres (43 mi) SSE of Athens, at the southernmost tip of the Attica peninsula in Greece. Cape Sounion is noted as the site of ruins of an ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea in classical mythology. The remains are perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides by the sea. The ruins bear the deeply engraved name of English Romantic poet Lord Byron (1788–1824). The site is a popular day-excursion for tourists from Athens, with sunset over the Aegean Sea, as viewed from the ruins, a sought-after spectacle.

According to legend, Cape Sounion is the spot where Aegeus, king of Athens, leapt to his death off the cliff, thus giving his name to the Aegean Sea. The story goes that Aegeus, anxiously looking out from Sounion, despaired when he saw a black sail on his son Theseus's ship, returning from Crete. This led him to believe that his son had been killed in his contest with the dreaded Minotaur, a monster that was half man and half bull. The Minotaur was confined by its owner, King Minos of Crete, in a specially designed labyrinth. Every year, the Athenians were forced to send 7 men and 7 women to Minos as tribute. These youths were placed in the labyrinth to be devoured by the Minotaur. Theseus had volunteered to go with the third tribute and attempt to slay the beast. He had agreed with his father that if he survived the contest, he would hoist a white sail. In fact, Theseus had overcome and slain the Minotaur, but tragically had simply forgotten about the white sail.[1] The earliest literary reference to Sounion is in Homer's poem the Odyssey, probably composed in the 8th century BC. This recounts the mythical tribulations suffered by Greek hero Odysseus in a gruelling 10-year sea-voyage to return to his native island, Ithaca in the Ionian sea, from the sack of Troy. This ordeal was supposedly inflicted upon him by Poseidon, to whom the temple at Sounion was dedicated. We are told that, as the various Greek commanders sailed back from Troy, the helmsman of King Menelaus of Sparta's ship died at his post while rounding "holy Sounion, cape of Athens". Menelaus landed at Sounion to give his companion full funeral honours (i.e. cremation on a funeral pyre on the beach).[2] The Greek ships were then caught by a storm off Cape Malea and scattered in all directions.


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Comments (513)

leo1383 on October 26, 2012

Like,very nice composition,greetings Leo

Bartolome Muñoz on October 26, 2012

Like precioso encuadre y color. Hermosa foto. ¡Enhorabuena!

IsabellaJ on October 26, 2012

Fantastic composition! really LIKE 183 :))

>| Micha |< on October 27, 2012

Hello Makis,

wow, excellent frontlight. like

Greetings Micha

andrew brown on October 27, 2012

Very well composed photo!
Best wishes, András

**Melinda❧** on October 27, 2012

Fantastic photo!


Best wishes,Melinda

dimitris koskinas on October 28, 2012

Πολύ καλή λήψη αρέσει χαιρετισμούς από τη Ρόδο Δημήτρης

Mahmoud Momtazan on October 28, 2012


Петар Бојић on October 28, 2012

Well done!

YS-57 & -189

Greetings, Petar

Leo W on October 28, 2012

fantastic work - like

best wishes 59,


Wal 宮城 on October 29, 2012

NoOOOOssa que beleza de foto!Um bom dia para voces,tao belo quanto a foto!

Russko㋡ on October 29, 2012

Hello dear makis-GREECE :)

Amazing capture and Colors !

Like + YSL

Have a nice week & Best wishes. Russko

c. bayernengel on October 29, 2012

schöner Blickwinkel, like

Stojan Toshe Nikolov… on October 29, 2012

Wonderful photo from a beautiful place of history!!! Like!

Best wishes from Macedonia.

carmine antonio on October 29, 2012

Foto riuscitissima:LIKE!!!!

Bert Keegstra on October 29, 2012

Wonderful shot of this great place!! Just back from Athens, but not able to visit is. Happily we've your shot :)


Best regards from Holland,


Filipunes on October 29, 2012

Nice, very nice. L195

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Lương Cao Dũng on October 30, 2012

Nice, very nice.Like!

Passator Cortese PH on October 30, 2012

Great composition! Beautiful subject and photo!

Like 198 + Fav 59!

Greetings from Italy, Francesco.

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  • Uploaded on October 7, 2012
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    by makis-GREECE ®
    • Camera: Canon EOS 1000D
    • Taken on 2010/05/02 16:14:14
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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