The Parthenon - Athens Greece

The Parthenon - Athens Greece
Built in 447 BC, the Parthenon stands majestically on top of the Acropolis in Athens Greece. It remains today the most important and enduring structure of ancient Greek and western civilization. 
The Parthenon - Athens Greece
The Parthenon - Athens Greece
Reconstruction to restore the Parthenon began in the 1990's following an earlier attempt in the 1800's. New technologies including computer modeling of every stone have uncovered many errors in the original restorations that are now being corrected. Stone blocks and other stone pieces are constantly being located on top of the Acropolis as well as below, and with the assistance of the modern computer technologies have been identified and positioned in the structure. 
The Parthenon - Athens Greece
To access the Parthenon you must purchase a ticket from the entrance to the Acropolis at the base of the hill. The hike up is not as challenging as it may first appear but appropriate footwear and caution should be used.
The Parthenon - Athens Greece
The Parthenon - Athens Greece
The Parthenon - Athens Greece
Here you see a great example of the original stone columns being restored with new stone work.
The Parthenon - Athens Greece
The Parthenon - Athens Greece
Most of the original statues and carvings were removed over the centuries. Many are on display in the British Museum as well as the newly constructed Acropolis Museum in Athens. Here you can see replicas of the original great stone sculptures that decorated the temple. 
Today the beautiful Acropolis Museum displays the collections from the Parthenon in exact scale and orientation of the ancient structure. The museum sits in the shadow of the great Acropolis and is only a 5 minute walk from the the entrance to the Acropolis.
The Parthenon - Athens Greece
In it's day the Parthenon would have humbled all who came to Athens and cast eyes on it. Stone sculptures and beautiful carvings would have completely ordained the structure on all sides making it the largest and most extravagant structure of it's time.
The Parthenon - Athens Greece
The Parthenon - Athens Greece
The Parthenon - Athens Greece
The Parthenon - Athens Greece



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