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The Caryatids of the Acropolis of Athens

On the "sacred rock" of Athens, the Acropolis, can be seen the Caryatids, sculpted female figures whose name is taken from the Greek word "korai", meaning maidens.

These figures provided architectural support by taking the place of columns in temples and other buildings. The fifth century BC Caryatids of Erechthion, atop the Acropolis, are also called the Porch of Maidens.

They were not the first. Earlier Caryatids have been found at Delphi, shrine of the famous Oracle of Delphi, and considered to be the center of the world.

The Romans made their own copies, and buildings around the world through the centuries since have boasted modern versions of these beautiful maidens.

The largest building on the Acropolis rock is the Parthenon. See an embroidery of it here and here.

I had great pleasure in creating this hand-embroidered card as a memento of my art exhibition during the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

Caryatids of the Acropolis

See Images of the Parthenon Temple on the Acropolis Rock here, here, and here.