Cultural Corridors of South East Europe

South East Europe / Western Trans-Balkan Road

Sanctuary of Poseidon and Athena at Sounion

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Sanctuary of Poseidon and Athena at Sounion

About the site

Corridor: Western Trans-Balkan Road
Country: Greece, Sounion
Type: Ancient Site
Epoch: Antiquity
Theme: Antiquity
World Heritage:
AntiquityAntiquityAncient Site

The sanctuary at Sounion is one of the most important sanctuaries in Attica.
Sporadic finds point to the conclusion that the site was inhabited in the prehistoric period but there is no evidence of religious practice in such an early date. "Sounion Hiron" (sanctuary of Sounion) is first mentioned in the Odyssey, as the place where Menelaos stopped during his return from Troy to bury his helmsman, Phrontes Onetorides.
The finds of the 7th century BC are numerous and proove the existence of organized cult on two points of the promontory: at the southern edge where the temenos of Poseidon was situated, and about 500 m. to the NE of it, where the sanctuary of Athena was established.

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