I had challenged myself to see how many of Greece’s ancient sites I could visit in a single day. I had visited Mycenae, Epidauras, Corinth Canal and Ancient Corinth, the journey time was going to take two hours.
I drove for 3.5 hours to see the Temple of Poseidon, reflecting on it, it seems like madness to drive so far, to spend what was less than an hour there. Actually, it was one of my favourite archaeological sights. Also, it was my first view of the Aegean Sea, the temptation to go down to the beach and swim in the turquoise blue water was nearly overwhelming, if I didn’t have a 1.5 hour drive in front of me, I would have been in there.
Entrance to the site was €8, I don’t know why the Temple of Poseidon would be cheaper than other archaeological sites and museums, but there you have it, I saved €4. Before I entered, I got talking to a French couple, in French and English. I think we all wanted to practice the other’s language, so I spoke in French and they replied in English. They were kind enough to take a photo of me, it never ceases to amaze me that somehow I end up talking to random people who are always the nicest people you would wish to meet.
The Temple of Poseidon is build on Cape Sounio, it’s location, looking out over the Aegean is perfect for worshiping the Greek God of Sea. The current temple was built in 444 BC and was constructed on an older temple. Fifteen of the thirty four marble columns are still standing, Lord Bryon carved his name into one of the columns in 1810, only to be followed by innumerable others. Who would have thought it, Bryon the graffiti artist.