Poseidon sunset

There are many ruins in and around Athens. Walking around the city I encountered quite a few, but without a good grounding in classical history (I learned about the ancient Egyptians in school not the Greeks) they didn’t mean much to me. And had I not followed the second piece of advice I was given about my visit, I may not have ventured out to Sounion to see a crumbled temple or done so at the end of the day. However once again, my advisors knew what they were talking about.

The temple is on a promontory overlooking the Mediterranean sea, a very apt place to worship Poseidon, god of the ocean. To one side is a cove and beach, the other is a shipping lane to bigger ports along the coast.

Had I visited during the day, this is probably as much as I would have experienced. At sunset however, the play of the changing light on the temple is wonderful. While the sun was still shining, the stone was warm and had a yellowish glow about it.

With a few clouds, the sunset that evening was stunning.

The change in the light, made a significant difference to the feeling of the temple.

The view of the temple on the way up and the way down was similarly affected by the light.

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