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The East end of the Parthenon showing the heavy lifting gear being employed to move large blocks of stone for the repair of this amazing building.

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.

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, which 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.

Three bracketed RAWs Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro.

Camera: Sony NEX-7
Lens: Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC


Featured in : Greece and all things Hellenic : 24 Nov 12

Related shots can be found at Athens, Greece or Eastern Meditteranean.

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  • vadim19
    vadim19about 2 years ago

    excellent capture and lovely tones, Tom!

  • Very much appreciated Vadim …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesabout 2 years ago

    Splendid shot Tom, regards, Mark.

  • Thank you Mark …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 2 years ago

    Excellent capture Tom … an interesting mix of ancient and modern … makes me wonder all over again just how these magnificent buildings were constructed !

  • Thank you so much Trish …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Christine Smith
    Christine Smithabout 2 years ago

    What an interesting place. A lovely image Tom, great clarity & colour.

  • Thank you so much Christine …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Phil Thomson IPA
    Phil Thomson IPAabout 2 years ago

    A great image with interesting contrasts with the old & the new, Tom !!!

  • Thank you kindly Phil …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonabout 2 years ago

    Fabulous capture and narrative Tom

  • Cheers Barry ..

    – Tom Gomez

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfabout 2 years ago

    Fascinating post Tom, thanks for the info.

  • Thank you kindly Colin …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanabout 2 years ago

    ( Lois heaves a heavy sigh )… you mean they’re not done yet?? They were at it big time when I was there in ‘05!!!!!! Bless their hearts … well … I guess they’ll do a great job of it, yes? GREAT capture … what on earth were you standing on to get this angle?? ( Lois eyes Tom with great suspicion )

  • Hehe, they were at it in 2009 when we were there and again in Sep 2012 when I took this shot. Believe it or not, I was on level ground but I had the camera above my head while I looked at the screen …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 2 years ago

    A very beautiful capture dear Tom.x

  • Thank you dear Catherine …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownabout 2 years ago

    Aye, been here on a bubble meet in Edinburgh…………………….. hing oan, this wan’s a copy!
    Quality capture Tom :o)

  • Hehe, aye, a’ kin see the likeness …

    – Tom Gomez

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