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  Temple of Poseidon
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The greek built Poseidon a temple on Tinos. This was also because Poiseidon was said to be a protector of the island. It was him who send a big flock of storks to the island, to rid it from the many snakes it used to have and make it livable.
The old name of Tinos was " Offiussa", which translates as "the island of the snakes".

On the temple, Poseidon and his wife, the water nymph Amphitrite are worshipped.
During the Hellenistic Era (300-200 before Christus) after the death of Alexander the Great. Tinos fell under the control of the Macedonians. In that time, a lot of greek came to Tinos on their way to the famos holy shrines if Apollon on Delos to do a ritual cleansing.

Then Greece became part of the Roman Empire in 146 BC, and later with Christianity, the shrine of Poseidon fell into oblivion.

Today there is not much left to look at, but for people interested in temples it still has it's attraction.

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  • Updated Oct 16, 2007
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