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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 (506)

Arolldo Costa on November 11, 2012

Foto fascinante!!! Um abraço L+F

G Kesmev on November 11, 2012

Lovely photo! I like it :)

Greetings, Joro

5VIKT on November 11, 2012

Excellent shot ! Like !

Dedé de Zé Luca on November 11, 2012

Linda foto, favorita. Obrigado por tua visita. Dedé

cahit Arpacık on November 11, 2012

Great shot.

YS & LIKE 76/245

Greetings from Turkey, Cahit.

maxou MAXOU on November 11, 2012

Wonderful capture my friend !

♥ LIKE + YSL ♥

many thanks for your visit

Best wishes ->maxou

aticank Nikolay Kole… on November 11, 2012

Fantastic photo, Makis! LIKE!

Thanks for your visit!

Nyx Ning on November 12, 2012


Aleks� on November 12, 2012

Fantastic composition, great shot! YS Like


Lady GooGoo La La on November 12, 2012

Nice column and sunburst!


Smiles and best wishes from Thailand :~)

:~) Lady La La

sziaa on November 12, 2012

It is a very nice composition!

Like + Fav

greetings: sziaa

Kalev Vask on November 12, 2012

Beautiful photo! Like Greetings from Estonia

Dana Valentova on November 12, 2012

Really amazing :)


Best regards, Dana

NastaraN on November 13, 2012

Fantastic shot...L+F

KH goldfoto on November 13, 2012

Wonderful backlit subject with a great sun Greetings and best wishes from Germany!

Thanasis Sallas (ths… on November 13, 2012

the right time... συγχαρητηρια..!!! L+F... thsallas....

Слободан Чавић on November 13, 2012



Best wishes:)


http://www.meispix.c… on November 13, 2012

Excellent catch ! It's amazing how you both managed to capture the color of the shadow side of the columns and the blue color of the sky. The sunflare adds an extra 'flash' to this excellent heritage shot. like.

Thanasis Germanos on November 13, 2012

Όμορφη λήψη. Αρέσει Χαιρετισμούς Θανάσης

eleda61 on November 13, 2012

Fantastic temple, wonderful picture! lk. Thank you for visiting my gallery,Adele

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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
    • No flash