An enriching experience that DINKtravelers undoubtedly recommends is visiting the Acropolis in Athens, a hill from which you can contemplate the Greek capital and then stand before one of the most emblematic monuments of universal culture: the Parthenon.
The word acropolis refers to the highest point of a city and, in this case, your visit to this site will be more than rewarding thanks to the wonderful view of Athens it offers. If we add to that the fact that it’s crowned by the most important building from the classical Greek period, then a trip to this destination is practically compulsory.
History of the Parthenon in Greece
The Parthenon was erected in honor of the goddess Athena, also known as Palas Athena or Athena Parthenos, as a referral to her virginity. Actually, the monument’s name implies that it was dedicated to the virgin goddess. The construction of what is considered the most perfect Doric temple ever built is owed to the sculptor Phidias, and it took place between 447 and 432 B.C., when the last decorations were added. It was the politician Pericles who ordered the monument to be built and, actually, we also attribute to him the founding of Athens and the promotion of the Greek Golden Age.
The Original Parthenon
Your visit to the Parthenon will require that you use your imagination to picture what the temple looked like in its entire splendor. Back then Athens’ inhabitants saw a monument like no other that was full of multicolored architectonic elements. They were adorned with mythological scenes that portrayed the Olympian gods as well as legendary heroes who seem to have represented the soldiers who died in the Battle of Marathon that Greeks held against the Persians in 490 B.C.
Once they crossed the magnificent colonnade, inside the temple, ancient Greeks would find an imposing statue of the goddess Athena, built in gold and ivory, which is no longer there for us to see today.
In present times a traveler’s experience might be very different from that of the Greeks, but DINKtravelers swears by the profound emotion you’ll feel when you ascend to the mythic Acropolis and stand before the mighty columns of the Parthenon. We promise that once there, you won’t need a creative imagination to feel the echoing power of ancient gods and heroes, philosophers, statesmen and artists that defined the course of history.
Secrets of the Parthenon
The monument’s structure, with its columns tilting slightly inwards and showing a parabolic curve design, offers an unequal protection against the elements and earthquakes.
The temple became a Christian church in the 5th century and a mosque in the 15th It was also used as an ammunitions warehouse during the Turkish occupation in Greece, and was also affected by an explosion and a fire. And people still wonder why it’s in ruins?
Replica of the Parthenon in Nashville
If you want to see a reconstruction of the statue of Athena covered in gold plate, visit the real size replica of the Parthenon in Nashville, United States, which was built in the twenties.