Saturday, August 23, 2008
Of course the Parthenon is so iconic there's not much I could say here that's not been said a million times elsewhere, but briefly: It took just nine years to complete (which is pretty good timing even by today's standards), finished in 438 BC. It was in pretty good shape until 1647, when Venetian general Morosini decided to aim a cannon at it and blow it up. It helped that the Turks had stored gunpowder in it. Great going, guys. As one reaches the top of the Acropolis, one enters the Propylaia, the formal gates, finished in 437 BC.
In recent years, additional portions of the building have been identified among the scattered ruins, allowing for some important and exciting restoration.