@natgeo,Photograph by Davidcoventry, @davidcoventry, Sunset at The Parthenon
The Parthenon - or parts of it at least - can be found in London, Paris, Copenhagen, the Vatican, Vienna, Wurzburg, Munich and, most obviously, Athens. This esteemed 2500-year-old Greek temple sits on a large rock overlooking Athens, but today we just see the bones. One of the earliest symbols of a civilised world has seen its details stripped away and deposited in various museums, most notably the British Museum, which has been proudly displaying 75 metres of the Parthenon's marble sculptures for almost 200 years. The Parthenon has had a long and active history, packed with multiple functions, abuse, and controversy, but still it stands, and it remains as revered today as it was upon completion way back in 438 BC.
The Parthenon is a former temple on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the goddess Athena, whom the people ofAthens considered their patron. Construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the height 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, and one of the world's greatest cultural monuments. The Greek Ministry of Culture is currently carrying out a program of selective restoration and reconstruction to ensure the stability of the partially ruined structure,#ancientgreece, #parthenon,#greece, #greektemples, #athens