Saturday, 8 May 2010

Unusual view of the Parthenon

Not been feeling too great over the last few days--a three-day headache is just about gone, thank heavens! Headache tablets hardly touched it and it felt like flu, with aching bones and muscles, but it couldn't have been because I had no cough or runny nose. Weird!

Parthenon Pillars

Here's one of the shots I took at the Parthenon in Athens on my recent trip there. Major renovations were taking place and it was difficult to get one that didn't include scaffolding. It was a real shame that the buildings were out of bounds as it further limited my shot opportunities.

Parthenon Columns

Anyway, I like the way this one has turned out, with such a variety of soft marble patterns and the way they contrast against the strong verticals. Most of the blocks in the column are the originals, with occasional new ones replacing any that were crumbling away too much.

Wikipedia Parthenon extract:

The Parthenon is a temple of the Greek goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their protector. Its construction began in 447 BC and was completed in 438 BC on the Athenian Acropolis, although decorations of the Parthenon continued until 431 BC. 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 some 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 selective restoration and reconstruction to ensure the stability of the partially ruined structure. 

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