Parthenon in Athens, Greece
Temple of Gods
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Best time to visit
Mar - May, Sep - Nov
- Ideal for friends
About Parthenon in Athens
The Parthenon is the crown jewel of the Acropolis of Athens and a testament to the prosperity of ancient Athens. Dedicated to Goddess Athena after whom the city is named, Parthenon has been the centre of the history of this city and has seen countless battles and owners staking claim to this magnificent monument built on top of the rock mountain in Athens. Completed in 438 BC, the Parthenon architecture is a Peripteral Octastyle Doric temple with Ionic architectural features. The Parthenon temple is said to be built on the site of the older Athenian temple destroyed by the Persians in 480 BC. The Parthenon has seen countless events of history, and from being used a treasury, the temple was later converted to a Christian church dedicated to Virgin Mary in the last decade of the 6th century. The Parthenon was later converted into a mosque by the invading Ottomans. It was during this time that the siege of the city by Venetian forces and bombardment lead to igniting the gunpowder stored here and heavily damaging the monument and its sculptures.
The Parthenon has become a widely recognized monument and a national heritage of Greece and a representative of its glorious history as the leader of ancient civilizations. The name of the temple itself means ‘the apartments of an unmarried woman’ and holds the highest vantage point in the city of Athens. The building has cultural significance for the western civilizations and the Greek history for it symbolizes their victory over the Persians. The Parthenon just like the whole of Acropolis itself was commissioned by the Statesman Pericles, and the temple housed a gold and ivory statue of Athena.
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The Parthenon is 69.5 meters in length, 30 meters wide and 18 meters in height.
The Parthenon was designed and built by architects Ictinus and Callicrates under the guidance of Sculptor Phidias.
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