Greece: the Acropolis of Athens

Greece: the Acropolis of Athens 

Traveling to Athens, Greece was an incredible experience. Here are some interesting facts #MirVisaTravel learned about the Acropolis of Athens.

The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel located on a rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon. All the valuable ancient artifacts are situated in the Acropolis Museum, which resides on the southern slope of the same rock, 280 meters from the Parthenon.

The Parthenon's been fought over during the centuries by different religions. It started out as a temple dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena. Then, it was taken over by Christians and converted into a church, then it was taken over by the Turks and transitioned to a mosque with a minaret erected over it. In the late 1600s, the Venetians and Turks were fighting over Athens. Acropolis was used as a military point because of its high position. There were explosives stored in the Parthenon that went off and blew up the interior of the Parthenon.

  

What are the carvings on the Parthenon? The Parthenon was built as a temple for the Goddess Athena. Each side of the Parthenon shares a story with hand-carved statues. One side shows a battle between gods and giants. Another shows the Greeks and centaurs. Other areas show Athena at birth, fighting Poseidon for Athens, and Greeks parading for Athena.

The restoration and conservation of every monument of the Athenian Acropolis is a task that started as soon as the modern Greek state was founded and it has never stopped since then. The chief characteristics are a special emphasis on the aesthetic result of the interventions, a tendency to recover the supposed classical appearance of the monuments with a greater focus on their archetypical character. The latest project is expected to continue until 2020 and has a budget of €5 million ($5.7 million).

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