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Columns built into the Acropolis walls

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When walking in Plaka, the historic district of Athens, just below the Acropolis, look up and you will see the Erechtheum. Right in front of it, built into the wall, you will notice huge round blocks of marble, while a … Continue reading

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Quiz of the week: An odd wall

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Anyone taking a walk in the historic district of Athens (known as Plaka) will certainly have walked past this wall, seen it, maybe even photographed it. It is the Northern side of the Acropolis wall. But saturated with too much … Continue reading

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Photo of the week: a cannon

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Most visitors to the Acropolis leave with the impression that there was never anything on top of the rock, except impressive temples of white marble. Nothing could be more misleading. For most of its long history (and prehistory) the Acropolis … Continue reading

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Photo of the week: Shell marks on the Parthenon

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The Acropolis is a rocky hill that has always been a natural fort, inhabited and fortified since prehistoric times. It has known numerous wars, invasions and sieges in its turbulent history. In the picture below, shell marks are clearly visible … Continue reading

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The temple of Athena Nike

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Often mentioned as the temple of Nike (victory) this small temple was in fact dedicated to Athena, just like the Parthenon. However, the Parthenon was the temple of Athena the Warrior whereas this was her temple as Bringer of Victory … Continue reading