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“A beautiful structure with amazing detail”
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Erechtheion
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Private Tour: Half day Athens Sightseeing and Acropolis Museum
Ranked #9 of 350 things to do in Athens
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Owner description: The second largest temple on the Acropolis has a complex and unique structure, including its famous Porch of the Caraytis with statues of six graceful maidens on the south side and a four-pillared porch with six Ionic columns on the north side.
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“A beautiful structure with amazing detail”
Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

The Erechthion is a must see in Athens - if not for its history at the very least it's physical beauty. Located close to the Plaka, we chose to visit as soon as the Acropolis complex opened at 8am and we were thankful for this for two reasons - 1. We missed the majority of the crowds and 2. The heat was minimal in the morning. By the time we left at 10am, the tour groups and other tourists made it difficult to get close to anything and the temperature had risen to over 30 degrees so I highly recommend going early! There are many helpful guides placed around the location so even if you are not on an organised tour there are people to ask for information. The building itself is wondrous, one of the more detailed in the complex. The views of Athens from the top are phenomenal and the historical information located near the temple is interesting. Highly recommended!

Visited June 2014
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“Great temple, so glad they are restoring the temples in this complex”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

If you can, be at the Acropolis when it opens at 8 am. Head straight to the Parthenon to avoid the "boat people"... the mass of humanity from the Cruise ships that start arriving after 9 am daily. From the Parthenon, work your way back wards. By doing this, you will have far fewer crowds. After you are done with the sites around the Parthenon, like this one. Then you can explore the Ancient Agora and other sites.

Oh, Rick Steves also has a really good free audio tour on his Europe app that you should download. It has audio tours of the Acropolis sites, including this one.

Visited May 2014
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“Caryatids are so gracious”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

I came to Greece when I was 10 years old (some time ago) and all I could remember was how I loved the caryatids. It is the first time Greeks combined architecture with sculpture for a great result. Originals are in the brand new Acropolis museum now.
On top of this porch of caryatids this temple is special because on two-story, which is an unusual style. Better preserved than the Parthenon.

Visited June 2014
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“Wonderful temple with beautiful maidens standing proud”
Reviewed 24 June 2014 via mobile

Almost complete temple with the missing or damaged pieces replaced with new marble clearly showing the new versus the original pieces. Like putting together a damaged puzzle with newer looking pieces fitting together with the ancient pieces. Very cool how they did it. And the statues of beautiful maidens all pristinely standing in place side by side. Well worth seeing.

Visited June 2014
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“The most beautiful temple in Acropolis!”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

Attention to details that ancient Greek have mastered is just amazing! Different, monumental and proud temple! Well preserved.
I loved it and spent a bit more time amazed how talented these artist were! The Porch of the Caryatids is so beautiful!

Visited June 2014
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