The Erechtheum Temple (Ἐρέχθειον) is an ancient Greek temple of Ionic style located on the north side of the Acropolis of Athens, in Greece. The temple as seen today was built between 421 and 407 BC. The temple is believed to derive from a shrine dedicated to the legendary Greek king Erichthonius (Ἐριχθόνιος). The temple is probably most famous for its distinctive porch supported by six female figures known as the Caryatids. The sculptor and mason of the temple was Phidias (Φειδίας) who was employed by Pericles (Περικλῆς) to build both the Erechtheum and the Parthenon.