Monday, 7 November 2016

Historical Graffiti at the Temple of Poseidon, Sounion, Greece

During a recent visit to Athens in Greece, I visited a number a Temples such as the Parthenon in Athens and the Temple of Poseidon, a majestic and deeply spiritual Temple just north of Athens that sits on headland overlooking the Aegean  Sea called Cape Sounion. The Temple at Sounion dates to c.440 BC, and is also famous for having the supposed etched name of the Romantic poet Lord Byron, though despite him mentioning the Temple in a poem and visiting Sounion while in Athens, there is no evidence that the graffiti belongs to Byron himself. The Temple is now a popular tourist destination, the sunsets being a must for any visitor. There are many etched names all over the Temple, reminding us that people over the years like to leave their mark to say they were there. Wikimedia commons free media repository

The anchor symbol, dated 1891, by sailors from the SS Sparta.

A selection of graffiti on the base of the columns, dating from the 1800s and 1900s.

A symbol with graffiti revealing a Masonic-like symbol of a compass crossed with a hammer, dating to 1902.

Another symbol that is similar to Masonic symbols with the compass and rule.

The Temple of Poseidon itself.

All photos taken with permission by Dr David Harrison unless otherwise stated.

© Dr David Harrison 2017

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