THE PARTHENON Athens, Greece

Expedition Team: Jacque Kelly, Dave Miller

Expedition Date: April 2018

One of the worlds greatest treasures, the Parthenon was completed in 438BC and considered the most important surviving building of classical Greece.  It is dedicated to Goddess Athena and sits atop Acropolis Hill.

We walked up a steep, winding path (Photo#1) to Acropolis hill where it dominates Athen’s skyline. At the summit we walked up 40 steps and through the Propycara, a monumental gateway serving as the entrance to the Acropolis (Photo#2 & #3).

The Parthenon is the largest structure on the Acropolis. We walked around its massive four sides (Photos#4-#6). There was some scaffolding around ¼ of the Parthenon as it was undergoing some reconstruction.  On the east pediment there was some beautiful sculptures of figures during the passage of time during the day Photo#7).

Another building atop the acropolis was the Erechtheion, an ancient Greek temple built in 406BC and dedicated to Athena and Poseidon. On the east side of the temple is the “Porch of the Maidens”, six draped female figures call caryatids which serve as support columns Photo#8 & #9). These are replicas as five of the replica caryatids have been moved out of the weather to the new Acropolis Museum.

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