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- The Erechtheion
- Alt Name:
- Ancient Greece
- 500BC - 401BC
- The Acropolis, The Parthenon,
The Propylaia , The Beule Gate,
about The Erechtheion
The Erechtheion is a well preserved ancient temple within the Acropolis complex where its believed namesake, the legendary Greek king Erechtheus, is thought to have come to worship.
Immersed in myth and legend, the Erechtheion was home to several cults, including those of Poseidon, Athena and, of course, Erechtheus himself.
Completed in around 406BC, the Erechtheion is a distinctive building whose large columns are statues depicting women. These statues are known as Karyatides, derived from the fact that they were inspired by the women of Karyes in Lakonia.
Four of the original six statues are now on display in the adjoining Acropolis Museum having been replaced by copies in the Erechtheion itself. Of the remaining two statues, one is in the British Museum as part of the Elgin Marbles. Only a few fragments of the final statue survive, also displayed in the Acropolis Museum.
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Address: The Erechtheion, 2-4 Makrygianni St., Athens
Phone: 210 9238175, 210 9238724
The Erechtheion is open 8am-8pm in summer, 8am-6pm in winter (sometimes earlier). Closed 25-26 Dec, 1 Jan, 25 March, 1 May. Full €12, Reduced €6. Valid (for 48hrs) for Acropolis Museum, Acropolis of Athens, Ancient Agora of Athens, Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos, Kerameikos, Museum of the Ancient Agora, North slope of Acropolis, Olympieio, Roman Agora of Athens, South Slope of Acropolis
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