Athens Day Trip: The Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion

Follow the beautiful, beach-lined Apollo Coast from Athens to Cape Sounion, about an hour by car, to reach the Temple of Poseidon. As you near the site, the ancient temple begins to rise above the road in front of you. The original temple was destroyed by the Persians around 480 BC so what you see today is the temple that was erected between 448-440 BC on the ruins of the destroyed temple.  As it is dedicated to Poseidon, the god of the sea, it is only fitting that the the temple is predominately situated about 60 meters above the Aegean sea, offering visitors dramatic clifftop views of the water below. Of the original 42 Doric columns used to build the temple, only 15 remain standing today, but none of its majestic nature is lost. In addition to touring the ruins, there are two other reasons most visitors make the journey to the temple. To seek out Lord Byron’s initials, which he carved into one of the columns in 1810, and, to watch the sunset, one of the most beautiful you will ever see amid the ancient Greek ruins and into the deep blue Aegean below.