Erechtheum

Erechtheum

[ih-rek-thee-uhm, er-ik-thee-uhm]
noun
a temple at Athens on the Acropolis, begun c420 b.c., having two Ionic porches and a porch of caryatids: regarded as one of the finest examples of classical architecture.
Also, Erechtheion [ih-rek-thahy-uhn, -on, er-ik-thahy-uhn] .
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Erechtheum or Erechtheion (ɪˈrɛkθɪəm, ˌɛrəkˈθiːəm, ɪˈrɛkθɪən, ˌɛrəkˈθiːən)
 
n
a temple on the Acropolis at Athens, which has a porch of caryatids
 
Erechtheion or Erechtheion
 
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erechtheum

Ionic temple of Athena, built during 421-405 BC on the Acropolis at Athens, famous largely for its complexity and for the exquisite perfection of its details. The temple's Ionic capitals are the most beautiful that Greece produced, and its distinctive porch, supported by caryatid (q.v.) figures, is unequaled in classical architecture.

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