058 Greece - Athens - Acropolis - Erechtion

Erechtheion (built 421 - 406 BC)

The Erechtheion was a temple to house the ancient wooden cult statue of Athena and generally glorify the great city at the height of its power and influence.

Six finely-sculptured figures (the Caryatids) support the porch entablature and roof. The Caryatids now on the acropolis are exact copies; five of the originals reside in the Acropolis Museum of Athens and the other is in the British Museum, London.

The outlines of a larger destroyed temple are visible beside the Erechtion (foreground).