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The ErechtheionThe Erechtheion

The Erechtheion was built in ca. 420 B.C. in the Ionic order. It has a prostasis on the east side, a monumental propylon on the north, and the famous porch of the Caryatids on the south.

The main temple was divided into two sections, dedicated to the worship of the two principal gods of Attica, Athena and Poseidon-Erechtheus.

A relief frieze, bearing a representation possibly of the birth of Erechtheus, decorated the exterior of the building. Above is the south-eastern view.

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