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"Acropolis - Parthenon" Acropolis - Parthenon Tip by grkboiler

Acropolis - Parthenon, Athens: 80 reviews and 147 photos

  Parthenon after passing through the Propylaia
by grkboiler

After walking through the gates of the Propylaia, you will experience the climax of your visit to the Acropolis. Look straight ahead and you get an incredible view of the Parthenon. The Parthenon is the symbol of Greece. It is the largest Doric temple ever completed in the country and symbolizes the glory of Ancient Greece.

The Parthenon, meaning "Virgin's Apartment", was commissioned by Pericles, designed by architects Iktinos and Kallikrates, and supervised by Pheidias. Building began in 447 BC and was completed in 438 BC.

The temple has been converted into a church, a mosque, and an arsenal. The greatest damage took place in a battle between the Turks and Venetians. In 1687, the Venetians, led by General Francesco Morosini, bombed the Acropolis and the Parthenon, which was being used as an arsenal at the time. The temple exploded, destroying the roof, inner columns, and 14 outer columns. In 1803, Lord Elgin of Great Britain stole many of the sculptures that were on the Parthenon and on the Acropolis and took them to London. Since then, pollution has been a major source of destruction of the temple.

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Address: Dionysiou Areopagitou | Main entrance on the west
Directions: City center

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  • Updated Dec 11, 2004
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