ATHENS

Athens is the capitol of modern Greece. It hosts some amazing historic artifacts including the buildings on the Acropolis, Agora and the temple of Zeus, not to mention the National Archaeological Museum. Two of the buildings on the Acropolis had scaffolding when I visited - one being the Parthenon. The Erechtheum looked well preserved although the caryatids are replicas. One of the original caryatids was removed by Lord Elgin in order to decorate his Scottish mansion, and was later sold to the British Museum (along with the pedimental and frieze sculpture taken from the Parthenon). The Elgin Marbles are a long standing source of contention.

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Athens

City Map
The modern Olympic stadium.
Looking over the city from the Acropolis. National Library part of the part of the “Trilogy” of public buildings.
The second is the Propylaea part of the University. The Athens Academy the third of the trilogy. All demonstrations march from these three buildings to Syntagma Square.
The Acropolis and Parthenon (Acropolis Map)
Approaching the Acropolis. Temple of Athena Nike.
The Propylaea is the entrance to the Acropolis.
Looking across the old Temple of Athena to the Erechtheum. Only the foundations of the Temple of Athena remain.
The Porch of the Caryatids.
Entrance to Poseidon's well. and again, but closer. The sacred olive tree which was presented by Athena to the city of Athens.
The Odeon of Herodes Atticus.
The Theatre of Dionysus. The Temple of Zeus from the Acropolis.
The Parthenon. Scaffolding and a camouflaged crain... if you look closely you can just see it!
Me at the Acropolis.
Temple of Zeus
The Acropolis from the Temple of Zeus.
The Arch of Hadrian. Looking through the arch to the road. and from the road looking back.
The Roman Agora and Hadrian's Library (from Roman times)
Hadrian's Library.
The Roman Agora.
The Agora
The site plan. Looking down at the Temple of Hephaistos in the Agora from the Acropolis. The Acropolis from the Agora.
Temple of Hephaistos.
The Water clock.
Church of the Holy Apostles.
The Agora Museum. Here are examples of early style pottery art. Example of early pottery art, geometric shapes and crudely painted images.
Example of classical era pottery art, dark images on light background. Another example of classical pottery art, but dark images on light background. Figurines.

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