Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Acropolis and the Parthenon

This morning we woke up early to hike to the center of historical Athens, the acropolis. The acropolis is the high fortified point of the city where the center of political and religious life was. There is the world-famous temple to the goddess Athena known as the Parthenon. I have to tell you that it was every bit as huge and spectacular as I imagined it would be.

Also high on the acropolis is the temple of Nike, the goddess of victory. The Athenians built these great structures to celebrate the failure of the Persians to take over Greece and the Greek victory at the Battle of Marathon in 490 B.C. This began the Golden Age of Athens.

The Parthenon itself is an engineering masterpiece. It only took 9 years to build, but cost billions of dollars (in today's money) to complete it. Inside would have been a giant statue of the goddess Athena made of ivory and gold.

For more information about the Parthenon, click here.

For more of my pictures of the acropolis, click here.

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