Cape Sounio

At the extreme south-east point of the Attica, the region Athens is the main city, you will find the Poseidon Temple, built around the 5th century B.C on Cape Sounio.

Sounion 4


This temple is famous because it was the first and the last sign of “civilization” seen by the Athenians travellers when they were out of the Saronic gulf on their ships. Even Homer mentioned Sounion in his poems. It was dedicated to Poseidon because Athens was always a big naval power, but also it was more than a temple : excavations showed a big and fortress wall all around the hill of the temple. It controlled entrance to the gulf.

Sounion 4
Sounion 7 Sounion 8
To go there, one just needs to go to Victoria Station in metro, then walk in direction of the Areon Pedio (the Mars Field) and you’ll see lines and lines of buses waiting for departure. Just ask for direction, and it will cost you 5,70 euros and 1h45 minutes to reach the cape Sounion. Don’t forget to bring your bathsuit because there is a beach at the foot of the hill.
Sounion 1
Sounion Beach

P8290273

P8290307

A l’extrême point sud-est de l’Attique, la région dont Athènes est le chef-lieu, se trouve le Cape Sounion, réputé pour le temple de Poséidon qui s’y trouve, dédié comme son nom l’indique au dieu de la mer. Un centre religieux donc mais aussi stratégique : des fortications entouraient toute la colline sur laquelle se situe le temple, sa position à l’entrée du golfe Saronique en faisant un passage obligé pour tous les navires, Athéniens ou autres. Pour y aller, il suffit de prendre le métro jusqu’à la station Victoria, de continuer vers le champ de Mars, puis de demander son chemin parmi les bus en attente. Il vous en coûtera 5,70 euros et 1h45 de trajet le long de la côte.

Commentaires

Posts les plus consultés de ce blog

On the sides of the Greek roads

Thessaloniki : Heptapyrgion and Alexander the Great