Photo of the Week: Poseidon

IMG_9816Sounion, Greece

I grew up reading Greek mythology and dreamt about visiting Greece one day.  So when we finally started traveling, Greece was at the top of the list. This is the temple of Poseidon at Sounion, located on the southernmost tip of the Attica peninsula overlooking the Aegean Sea.  This temple was built around 440 B.C and dedicated to the god of the sea.  People from far and wide come and pay homage to Poseidon here and pray for safe passage on their travels.

According to Greek legends, this is where Aegeus fell to his death.  The story goes: Aegeus’s son, Theseus, sailed off to Crete to fight the Minotaur.  Before he left, he promised his dad that if he returned safely, he would hoist up a white sail so his dad would know long before the ship reached land that his son was safe.  He entered the labyrinth and with the help of Ariadne, he was able to defeat the monster.  On the way home, in a moment of jubilation, he forgot his promise to his father and left the black sail up.  From afar, Aegeus thought that his son was dead, and overwhelmed with grief, he jumped into the sea.  The Aegean Sea was later named after him.

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