The Parthenon by Tom Gomez

The Parthenon (Ancient Greek: Παρθενών) is a temple of the Greek Goddess Athena whom the people of Athens considered their protector. It was built in the 5th century BC on the Athenian Acropolis in Athens, Greece.

It is the most important surviving building of Classical Greece, generally considered to be the culmination of the development of the Doric order. Its decorative sculptures are considered one of the high points of Greek art. The Parthenon is regarded as an enduring symbol of ancient Greece and of Athenian democracy, and one of the world’s greatest cultural monuments. The Greek Ministry of Culture is currently carrying out a program of restoration and reconstruction.

The Parthenon replaced an older temple of Athena, which historians call the Pre-Parthenon or Older Parthenon, that was destroyed in the Persian invasion of 480 BC. Like most Greek temples, the Parthenon was used as a treasury, and for a time served as the treasury of the Delian League, which later became the Athenian Empire. In the 6th century AD, the Parthenon was converted into a Christian church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. After the Ottoman Turk conquest, it was converted into a mosque in the early 1460s, and it had a minaret built in it.

On 26 September 1687 an Ottoman Turk ammunition dump inside the building was ignited by Venetian bombardment. The resulting explosion severely damaged the Parthenon and its sculptures. In 1806, Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin removed some of the surviving sculptures, with Ottoman Turk permission. These sculptures, now known as the Elgin Marbles or the Parthenon Marbles, were sold in 1816 to the British Museum in London, where they are now displayed. The Greek government is committed to the return of the sculptures to Greece, so far with no success.

Information supplied by Wikipedia.

Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 3.2.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Sigma 18-200mm lens
Exif data from the JPG
F-stop f/4
ISO 200
Focal length 21 mm


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  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 5 years ago

    Hey they’re working fast Tom this should be almost finished by this time next year. Another cracking shot!!

  • Cheers again mate.
    They may never get the decoration to go round the top. Apparenly the British Museum could help them out, but so far they have not agreed on the way forward yet …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonover 5 years ago

    Looks like they are still building it lol, congrats Tom certainly get around

  • Cheers Philip, they have been working on it for quite some time – hehehe

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 5 years ago

    Not long till they get the roof on!!

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 5 years ago

    Wow, that is a fantastic shot! It is so beautiful! I can see they are working on it, but it truly doesn’t detract from its grandeur!

  • Thank you so much Joanne. It is a must see place …

    – Tom Gomez

  • imagic
    imagicover 5 years ago

    Great shot Tom, perfect light and good POV, well done.
    A FV.

  • Thank you so much Jens …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Tim Denny
    Tim Dennyover 5 years ago

    Great shot Tom, to bad they were working on it

  • Thank you Tim, unfortunately, I think they are always working on it …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 5 years ago

    The way forward!! surely that’s easy its the opposite of the way back!!

  • Varinia   - Globalphotos
    Varinia - Gl...over 5 years ago

    That scaffolding has been there for years, would love to go back when they have finished, wonderful shot Tom, lucky you to have clouds too :-)

  • Thank you Varinia, it is an amazing building …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Tim Denny
    Tim Dennyover 5 years ago

    Super great job done on this one Tom

  • Cheers Tim, thank for the suggestion …

    – Tom Gomez

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 5 years ago

    A wonderful shot, they were working on this several years ago on our visit

  • Thanks Mik. I don’t think they will ever stop working on it …

    – Tom Gomez

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