The Porch of the Caryatids

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Europe, Travel

The Erechtheion (or Erechtheum) is one of the ancient temples at the Acropolis. On it’s south side you will find a large porch, the “Porch of the Maidens”, with the famous statues. Six draped female figures (caryatids) which are supporting columns. One the original six figures was removed by Lord Elgin in the early 19th century (to decorate his Scottish mansion no less!) and Athenian legend says on that night the remaining five Caryatids could be heard wailing for their lost sister:) Lord Elgin later sold ‘the sixth’ to the British Museum where it remains to this day.  What you see in these images are replicas! The Acropolis Museum holds the other five original figures. Trivia: although of the same height and build, and similarly attired and coiffed, the six Caryatids are not the same. Their faces, stance, draping, and hair are carved separately:)  Location: Athens, Greece

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3 thoughts on “The Porch of the Caryatids”

    • Hi Jane, Thanks for your comment. I had indeed read about the museum offering this unique viewing opportunity on the restoration. Talk about detailed, loving, work! If anyone reads this comment, I encourage you to follow Jane’s link above.

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