Parthenon, Athens

Once upon a time… yes, once upon a time, here stood a beautiful temple dedicated to Goddess Athena at this very spot! People of Athens adored her and worshipped her! It came into existence in its grand form in 432BC when Athenian Empire was at the height of its power. So beautiful it was that even today it is considered as world’s great cultural monument.

Over the years, Parthenon was converted as house of worship for other religions. In 5th century AD, it was converted into a Christian church and dedicated to Virgin Mary. In 15th century after Ottoman conquest, this was converted into a mosque. Sometime in 17thcentury part of it was converted into ammunition dump. During Venetian attack, this was bombarded and the explosion caused massive damage to the magnificent structure.

Many of the surviving sculptures were collected by Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin sold to British Museum in London and are displayed there. The Greece government wants these Elgin Marbles or the Parthenon Marbles returned and they are very right in their demand.

Here are some pics of Parthenon. Massive work is on to get back its past glory and I hope they complete it successfully in a short duration. The whole world is waiting to see the grand splendor of this building!


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31 Responses

  1. TexWisGirl says:

    something that has been around through the ages and the conflicts of humanity.

  2. Sylvia K says:

    I have enjoyed your posts about Greece so very much, Indrani!! As I told you, the time my husband and I spent there was one of the most fantastic trips of any we took in Europe. So much history and beauty!! Thanks again for sharing!!

  3. I hope they finally get around to restoring all these temples. I really would like to see them without scaffoldings.

  4. Those columns on the parthenon are so majestic, so impressive.

  5. Nice pics of the Parthenon. Maybe one of these days Greece and the British Museum can come to terms.

  6. DeniseinVA says:

    Amazing post Indrani, I echo Yogi's sentiments.

  7. ladyfi says:

    Golden and glorious!

  8. If the ruins are so majestic…. its not hard to imagine the glory of the original structure … Beautiful shots Indrani 🙂

  9. Amazing shots Indrani!!

  10. Mridula says:

    It looks so grand and unchanging.

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  12. It would be great if they are able to restore it. It's beautiful .

  13. very nice. I think this is world heritage site.

  14. Indrani Without a doubt Greece, is my fav place. I have been wanting to go together since child. Lets see with this post I might get motivated.Btw do check out my South Africa post 🙂

  15. Wow! What a great architectural monument! While I am amazed looking at the creative power of human being, I am also shocked about the destructive nature! If everyone respected every other religion, we would have had 10 times or 100 times more treasures to see worldwide! What a loss!

  16. Greece is on my Bucket List. So glad you are there and seeing these historical structures and enjoying your trip. I enjoy visiting your site every week so much.
    JM, Illinois-U.S.A.

  17. So nicely described…. The Photos are truly inspiring….

  18. DIMI says:

    What a lovely post dear Indrani!I really enjoyed your pictures of Parthenon!Did you visit Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon?It's near my area!Have a lovely weekend!

  19. Love the captures of this beautiful monument Indrani. Great work! :))

  20. Sounds like it has gone through many, MANY transformations. 😉

  21. Carver says:

    The light is excellent and great shots of the parthenon.

  22. Jeevan says:

    Excellent capture on the temple under renovation! First one looks indeed great in glowing light… interesting to note the temple’s transformation into church and mosque.

  23. Awesome and aesthetic Grrek architecture:)

  24. Great pics! Beautiful looking sky! 🙂

  25. Lovely description and pictures !

  26. George says:

    There is a full-sized replica of the Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee. It is quite impressive.

  27. Amazing architecture that has stood through thick and thin

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