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Parthenon

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  • Day13

    The main event, The Accropolis

    October 4, 2017 in Greece

    The Acropolis and the Parthenon. Wow. Amazing. Breathtaking.

    The Parthenon is considered by many, particularly the Greeks to be the symbol of ancient Greece and the birthplace of democracy. I can now see why. This monumental structure was built in 9 years from 447BC - 438BC although decoration continued through to 432BC. It was designed as a temple for the goddess Athena, the patron of Athens.

    It is believed the Parthenon replaced an older temple of Athena that was destroyed in the Persian Invasion. As was Athenian custom the temple also doubled as the city treasury. Sometime in the 6th Century AD the temple was converted into Christian church. In the 1460s after the Ottoman conquest it was converted to a mosque. In 1687 the building was severely damaged as a of result of fighting between the Ottomans and the Venetians. In the early 1800s a significant amount of the sculptures were removed from the temple and sold into private collections. The Greek government has actively been trying to repatriate this artwork. Given that some of these pieces have been in the British Museum since 1816 I think they have no chance. But I hope I am wrong.

    The Parthenon is currently partially covered by scaffolding, initially I was disappointed to have an obstructed view. However, I overheard a guide talking about the painstaking restoration operation and how without it this monument would completely collapse. In a nutshell, they locate a marble stone slab that is structurally unsound, measure it's dimensions and create a concrete replica. The replica replaces the marble and then they find local marble of the same colour to replace the broken slab. The marble is prepared using a mixture of traditional and modern techniques to ensure that in time new and old marble will blend and she together. The new marble replaces the concrete slab once it is prepared.

    But the Acropolis is home to more than just the Parthenon. It has beautiful 360° degree views of the city. I also liked the temple dedicated to Nike and there was plenty more on the slopes of the Acropolis. The highlights for me were the Theatre of Dionysus, Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the cave on the south-eastern slope.

    After being in Greece for a number of days we were yet to try souvlaki, we had been recommended to try Thanasis Souvlaki in Monasteraki. To be frank this was the most disappointing meal of the trip to date. It was tough, unflavoured, chewy meat and there was minimal sauce leaving us with a very boring and tasteless souvlaki.

    We finished the night A for Athens, a roof top bar in Monasteraki. It has amazing views of the Acropolis and lovely (but pricey) cocktails. A perfect to finish a big day. Despite the price this place is worth a visit.
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  • Day12

    Athens, Greece

    October 13, 2017 in Greece

    Today I took a tour off the ship, A Taste of Athens, Mim Lawson stayed on board as she has been to the Ancient sites of Athens previously. We spent some time at Athens Acropolis which means the highest point of the city. On the Acropolis a number of ancient sites are found. Firstly you climb the slippery marble steps, both formed and unformed, to walk through the Propylaea, the entry gate with its imposing columns. Once through the entry gate the Parthenon, a former temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, overwhelms the site. The Parthenon construction began around 447 BC so understandably today they are undertaking repairs to maintain the buildings integrity. The other building on the site, which is still in good repair, is the Erechtheion which was a Temple dedicated to both Athena and Poseidon. On one side there is a large porch with six ionic columns, and on the other side is the "Porch of the Maidens", six draped female figures (caryatids) used as supporting columns. After visiting the Acropolis we had a bus tour of the town finishing in the Pláka, the old historical neighborhood which sits beneath the Acropolis. This area is a great spot for everything Greek, food and of course the tourist shops.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Parthenon, Partenón, بارثينون, পাৰ্থেনন মন্দিৰ, Парфенон, Партенон, ཕཱར་ཧྥེ་ནན།, Partenon, Partenó, پارتێنۆن, Parthenón, Παρθενώνας, Partenono, Partenoia, پارتنون, Parthénon, An Partanón, פרתנון, पार्थेनन, Պարթենոն, Parteno, Meyjarhofið í Aþenu, Partenone, パルテノン神殿, პართენონი, 파르테논 신전, Partenonas, Partenons, പാർഥിനോൺ ക്ഷേത്രം, पार्थेनॉन, ਪਾਰਥੇਨੋਨ, پارتھینن, Partinuni, Partenuons, பார்த்தினன், พาร์เธนอน, Parfenon, پارتھینون, Đền Parthenon, פארטענאן, 巴特農神殿, 帕德嫩神廟

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