Stone Caryatids

Let’s wander back to Greece today.

This, for though of you who might not know, is the Erechtheion, on of the multiple temples at the top of the Acropolis in Athens. It was dedicated in ancient times to Athena Polias, essentially the city protector epithet of Athena, goddess of wisdom as well as the sea god Poseidon. It was a very important religious building to the Greeks, and is now a highly visited tourist attraction.

What most people identify it from is the “porch of the caryatids”, or porch of the maidens. In my image, you can see it there on the right side. I think it is beautiful how the women are built into the columns.

Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T4i

Lens: 18-135 mm IS STM

Date: June 2013

Location: Athens, Greece


“Across the distance, the Acropolis museum cradled within its protective walls its legendary treasures, lulling them to a peaceful sleep under the eerie light from the heavens. Yet, through the large window, the five Caryatids stood alert on their strong platform. The ageless maidens with the long braided hair down their backs remained awake even at this hour gazing across to the Acropolis, full of nostalgia for their sacred home. Inside their marble chests, they nurtured as always, precious hope for the return of their long lost sister.” ― Effrosyni Moschoudi



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