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On Cape Sounion, on Attica's southern tip, you'll find the well-preserved, 5th-century-BC Doric Temple of Poseidon. Its location on a cliff gives it fabulous sunset views (it's also a great place to be when the moon's full).

For many visitors, Cape Sounion in Attica comes as a shock and a relief. Often the first sightseeing destination for the tour group participant who arrives in Athens at midday, (not recommended, by the way - aim for a late afternoon arrival with a dinner and good night's sleep before beginning the cultural crawl) the contrast between the hustle and bustle of modern Athens with this serene, imposing edifice is sharp. Arriving at the Temple, the tour buses emit their passengers and everyone scrambles past the always-busy gift shop and a decent-looking restaurant and up a small hill to where Poseidon still reigns, overlooking the sea. The ruins of another temple to Athena, a mere goddess of wisdom after whom Athens itself is named, are usually neglected or pointed out in an instant as a group treks up to see the main attraction.

Though Poseidon famous statue is long gone, safely imprisoned at the National Archeological Museum in Athens, great Poseidon needs no bronze props to make his presence felt. The Greeks have always watched the sea, for the return of loved ones, for the safe delivery of goods, for news of war. Maybe that's why the Temple of Poseidon, with its magnificent view of the Aegean, seems to still fulfill the role of seawatcher from the high promontory. (Or maybe it's just the combined eyepower of several hundred visitors, many local Greeks included, intent on watching the blazingly beautiful sunset).

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