Thursday, July 16, 2009


This is another important building at the Athenian acropolis cliff, the Erechteion (constructed between the 430's and 406 Bc). Very unorthodox in plan is it a clear Ionian building and counterweight to the Parthenon, which once contained cults to Athena, Poseidon and Erechtheus (an ancient, mythical, Athenian king).

And interesting theory considering the buildings unusual shape is that it is modelled on early Mycenaean palaces - some remains has been found under it.

It is perhaps, today, most known for the caryatids (pillars shaped as females, I will try to post these later) which holds up one of the walls.

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