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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sounion

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Dino Menichini on November 18, 2012

Very beautiful photo.

like it

Greetings, Dino

Csaby83(Weatherman) on November 18, 2012

Beautyful photo! Like it! Have a nice afternoon. Best wishes from Hungary: Csaby83

Renato Pantini on November 18, 2012

Beautiful shot! Like!. Greetings, Renato.

k. -pictures on November 18, 2012

L I K E ! ! !
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<Naklaj21> on November 18, 2012

another creative shot my friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Mer53 - VIEWS, NO TH… on November 18, 2012

El momento adecuado para realizar la foto. Precioso lugar. Saludos.

Deodato Lourenḉo on November 18, 2012

Another beautiful photo!

YSL!

Friendly greetings,

JOE

"Oasis" on November 18, 2012

Impressionnant! Félicitations Makis pour cette belle photo...L, Salutations du Québec, Canada... Claude

ALTHAYR DE MORAES on November 18, 2012

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Yosarsif مهدی کلهر on November 18, 2012

Well framed capture. ♣ L, All the best from Iran, Mahdi

JuanadeArco/ " NO VI… on November 19, 2012

Magic photo and color,I Like

Thanks for your visit friend makis GREECE

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Søren Terp on November 19, 2012

Stunning image, well done - like and YS!

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birgitof on November 22, 2012

Greatest capture, wonderful colors and light! YSL, it's history is very interesting!

Best wishes from Italy, Birgit

giselaplewe on November 22, 2012

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Prooupy on December 31, 2012

Beautiful composition. Like. Greetings.

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  • Uploaded on October 7, 2012
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    • Camera: Canon EOS 1000D
    • Taken on 2010/05/02 16:14:14
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