We arrived at the cape and stared at the ruins. Imagine … at the centre of the temple colonnade would have been the hall of worship, a windowless rectangular room. It would have contained, at one end facing the entrance, a colossal, ceiling-height (6 metres (20 ft)) probably a gold-leaf bronze statue of Poseidon.
The famous Romantic poet George Lord Byron mentions Sounion in his poem Isles of Greece:
Place me on Souniun’s marbled steep,
Where nothing, save the waves and
May hear our mutual murmurs sweep…