Erechtheion

The temple of Erechtheion took its name by King Erechtheus who according to legends lived in the temple. It was built around 425-406 BC and was designed by architect Callimachus. It is built in Ionic order and is one of the masterpieces of the era. The temple is dedicated to Athena Polias (eastern part) and Poseidon-Erechtheus (western part). The Erechtheion is very famous for the six statues of the Maidens, the Caryatids, which supported the roof of the south porch (portico), instead of columns.