"On the Acropolis 2: the stones" Athens Off The Beaten Path Tip by leics

Athens Off The Beaten Path: 246 reviews and 355 photos

  The bump which allowed it to fit: a perfect circle
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  • The bump which allowed it to fit: a perfect circle - Athens
      The bump which allowed it to fit: a perfect circle
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  • Inscribed column fragment - Athens
      Inscribed column fragment
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  • Each stone cut and shaped by hand - Athens
      Each stone cut and shaped by hand
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It's very obvious that a huge amount of work is going on here, with cranes and builders and machinery and piles of stones everywhere.

It is worth looking at some of the stones in those piles. Although the main buildings are impressive, the 'abandoned'stones can be viewed close-up, and give a real idea of the massive skill involved in producing this site and others.

Look for the hollows and bumps which enabled sections to fit together (as in the main photo). Look for the beautiful carving, and the sheer attention to detail which enabled this place to be created.

Then remember that although Pericles and Fideas may have envisaged and masterminded the project, it was the ordinary working men of Athens whose superb skill actually allowed it to be built. The Parthenon only took 10 years to build......a fantastic feat......but the names of those men who created it are long, long forgotten.

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  • Written Apr 11, 2009
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