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)

anami99 on October 30, 2012

jako lijepa slika

Arkadiy_ on October 30, 2012

Excellent capture. Gorgeous photo

Like & YS

Best wishes, Arkadiy

vinc107 on October 30, 2012

superbe !



Miroljub Todorović on October 30, 2012

Excellent work, great shot!


Best wishes, Tosa

Miguel Bortfeldt on October 30, 2012

Spectacular shot. Like. Greetings, Miguel.

Lalyk on October 31, 2012

Very beautiful composition! Like(204)!

Greetings, Lia.

Nenad Obradovic on October 31, 2012

Very nice L

Rafael Saludes on October 31, 2012

makis-GREECE ®. You have so many beautiful and interesting places to show! Like 206.

Kind regards.


zaferkck on October 31, 2012

Excellent photo


Greetings from Antalya, Zafer

Səməd on October 31, 2012

Let there be light! I liked.

Deepak Karhadkar on November 1, 2012

Nice Captured moment. Like. Greetings, Mumbai, India.

Majka44 on November 1, 2012

Brilliant scene and wonderful shot.


Have a nice evening.

Greetings, Majka

Cor&Cri on November 1, 2012

What a beautiful sun effect!! LK
Best wishes

Jan Sognnes on November 2, 2012

Fantastic capture from the heritage temple! Like

Greetings, Jan

Alireza Javaheri on November 2, 2012
  • Nice shot & good composition
  • * LIKE *
  • Greetings
  • A-J
Panozzo 64 on November 3, 2012

Really beautiful composition with a great sun effect


Ciao Claudio

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RinoBarone on November 3, 2012

Excellent capture.L+FAV

K@rin on November 3, 2012

hello Makis

schitterende foto met prachtige ster van de zon , geweldig historisch comples en interessante informatie , YSL ,

hartelijke groet Karin

张丽娜 on November 3, 2012


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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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