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Parthenon
Parthenon

Parthenon

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The Parthenon is an ancient temple dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena. It is situated on the excavated site of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. Construction started in 447 BC and was tentatively ... Read more
completed around 438 BC, although decorative parts of the temple continued to evolve until 432 BC. The building has had many uses over the centuries, including that of a treasury, a Christian church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, an Ottoman mosque and an ammunition dump. In 1975, the Greek government began serious restoration efforts in the attempt to preserve the Parthenon and other Acropolis structures. Reconstruction efforts continue to this day.

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Vancouver

Just one of the structures at the Acropolis, it is certainly the most recognizable, again, if you visit here, you must also visit the new Acropolis museum at the bottom of the hill and the British Museum in London.

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Miami

The Parthenon at the Acropolis in Athens is a must see attraction full of ancient history and views. Where comfortable shoes as there is a climb up the top of the mountain.

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The Parthenon (/ˈpɑːrθəˌnɒnˌ -nən/; Ancient Greek: Παρθενών; Modern Greek: Παρθενώνας, Parthenónas) is a former temple,[4][5] on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron. Construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the peak of its power. It was completed in 438 BC although decoration of the building continued until 432 BC. It is the most important surviving building of Classical Greece, generally considered the zenith of the Doric order. Its decorative sculptures are considered some of the high points of Greek art. The Parthenon is regarded as an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece, Athenian democracy and western civilization,[6] and one of the world's greatest cultural monuments. To the Athenians who built it, the Parthenon and other Periclean monuments of the Acropolis, were seen fundamentally as a celebration of Hellenic victory over the Persian invaders and as a thanksgiving to the gods for that victory.[7] The Greek Ministry of Culture is currently carrying out a programme of selective restoration and reconstruction to ensure the stability of the partially ruined structure.[8]

The Parthenon itself replaced an older temple of Athena, which historians call the Pre-Parthenon or Older Parthenon, that was destroyed in the Persian invasion of 480 BC. The temple is archaeoastronomically aligned to the Hyades.[9] Like most Greek temples, the Parthenon served a practical purpose as the city treasury.[10][11] For a time, it served as the treasury of the Delian League, which later became the Athenian Empire. In the final decade of the sixth century AD, the Parthenon was converted into a Christian church dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

After the Ottoman conquest, it was turned into a mosque in the early 1460s. On 26 September 1687, an Ottoman ammunition dump inside the building was ignited by Venetian bombardment. The resulting explosion severely damaged the Parthenon and its sculptures. From 1800 to 1803,[12] Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin removed some of the surviving sculptures with the alleged permission of the Ottoman Empire.[citation needed] These sculptures, now known as the Elgin Marbles or the Parthenon Marbles, were sold in 1816 to the British Museum in London, where they are now displayed. Since 1983 (on the initiative of Culture Minister Melina Mercouri), the Greek government has been committed to the return of the sculptures to Greece.[13]

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Pagosa Springs

Long walk to the top! It's beautiful to go up but try to make the hike towards night as close as possible. It was insanely hot when I went mid June

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El Paso

This is a must! It's a journey to the top but once you get there is a amazing view over the city. You can walk around, take pictures.

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Local from Athens

The Parthenon is a former temple, on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron. Construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the peak of its power.

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Glasgow

The must-see site of Athens this is the crowning glory of the Acropolis complex. It gets very very busy so beware. Unless you arrive first thing in the morning there is no way to avoid this. Interesting information panels on the northern side detail the restoration efforts over the years.

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Baton Rouge

Amazing. Go sans tour group so you're free to stay up there, roam around and take pictures as you wish. (Then, get close to a tour group to hear about it.)
I don't know if they're always working on the Parthenon, but there was scaffolding when I went, which was a little disappointing with pictures. But, it was still amazing.
Wear shoes with good traction! I fell down some steps and hurt myself because of the slick walkways covered in sand.

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Puebla
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If you're in Athens, Greece then the Parthenon is a must! You can't be in here and not visit it. Just be careful when going up, it's really slippery as they have marble floors. Enjoy! Yiamas!

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Foster City

The Parthenon is a former temple on the Acropolis. The Parthenon is regarded as an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece, Athenian democracy and one of the world's greatest cultural monuments.

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London

The Parthenon is a former temple on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron. Construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the height of its power.

There are several sites tio see in the acropolis complex. If you start here, at the Parthenon, your ticket is valid for entry to hear other sites.

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Jakarta

My only suggestions are: hire a guide who can explain the history (if you don't feel like reading its history before you visit the place) and bring water if you visit this place during Summer.

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Local from Athens

The greatest and finest sanctuary of ancient Athens, dedicated primarily to its patron, the goddess Athena, dominates the centre of the modern city from the rocky crag known as the Acropolis. The most celebrated myths of ancient Athens, its greatest religious festivals, earliest cults and several decisive events in the city's history are all connected to this sacred precinct. The monuments of the Acropolis stand in harmony with their natural setting. These unique masterpieces of ancient architecture combine different orders and styles of Classical art in a most innovative manner and have influenced art and culture for many centuries. The Acropolis of the fifth century BC is the most accurate reflection of the splendour, power and wealth of Athens at its greatest peak, the golden age of Perikles.

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The Parthenon on Acropolis should be at the top of the "must see" list for anyone visiting Athens, even if it's just a day trip. There is so much history on surface of the architecture and within the marvelous structure. Take time to read the historical commentary along the boundaries and embrace the surrounding view. For a moment you will be able to see what it was like to pray to the Greek gods among the clouds over the city of Athens.

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Cambridge

Somehow always under construction and somehow still worth seeing. You're in Athens, after all.

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Bedford

You can't visit Athens without checking out the Parthenon. If you visit at night you will be able to see it lit up. It is a really beautiful site!

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Local from Athens

The Parthenon is located on the Acropolis on a hill that overlooks Athens. The temple was built to honor the goddess Athena Parthenos, the patron of Athens, to thank her for protecting the city during the Persian Wars. Originally designed by the famous sculptor Phidias, the Parthenon originally held all kinds of treasures, but the main attraction was a huge statue of Athena that was made out of chryselephantine also known as elephant ivory and gold. The Parthenon dates back to 447 BC, and it was actually built over another temple that is often referred to as the Pre-Parthenon.

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The World

There is a little coffee shop on the corner and a small store that is managed by an old woman who sells furs. Great place in the evening walking down the cobbled stones on the back road and then seeing the Pathetnon in the distance is amazing

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Rochester

The main building of the Acropolis, you don't want to miss this and take your time to really admire the buidling.

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Lima

The greatest bulding ever built by the Atheneans, majestic and HUGE! It's to bad it's in such poor state. Guide told us that after Athens was invaded the Parthenon was used as gunpowder storage... naturally, and explosion eventually happened and as a result it was severely damaged.

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