The Erechtheion in Athens

Among the important ruins situated upon the acropolis in Athens is the Erechtheion, a unique sanctuary dedicated to Athena Polias; Poseidon and Erechtheus were worshiped here.

Erechtheion at Athens. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

This view shows the Porch of the Kayatids, which used female figures as architectural supports as columns. These figures are a representation of the “Maidens of Karyai,” an ancient town of Peloponnese. The structure dates to the 5th century BC.

Below is a close up view:

Close-up of Porch of the Maidens. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

These maidens are actually replicas. The originals are encased in glass in the museum.

More to come.  Click on image for higher resolution.

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