Boom Goes The Parthenon!

Most people are familiar with some of the popular ruins of ancient Greece.  The Acropolis in Athens, the Acropolis in Rhodes; but far and away the most popular is probably The Parthenon.

Construction on the Parthenon began in 447 BC at the height of the Athenian Empire.  It’s a temple, as most know, dedicated to the goddess Athena (goddess of wisdom), who was the patron of Athens.

It was completed in 438 BC and still stands today…partially.

Most probably think it was simply the ravages of time that has left The Parthenon in the state in which it currently sits.  But there are structures still standing that are much older than The Parthenon- the Pyramids and the Sphynx to name a few.

No, the Parthenon would still be mostly intact and usable if it hadn’t been for one fateful day.

After the Ottoman Empire conquered Greece, The Parthenon was turned into a mosque around the early 1460’s. A couple hundred years later, on September 26th 1687, an ammunition dump inside the building was inadvertently ignited by a Venetian bombardment.

The resulting explosion all but destroyed the structure; leaving what we see today.

The destroyed structure sat for over a century until in the early part of the 1800’s it was decided that the surviving sculptures should be permanently removed.  These were sold to a British museum in London; where they still remain.

Time ravages all things, but in the case of The Parthenon, it was an unfortunate accident that destroyed one of man’s most iconic buildings.

 

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References

 

http://ancient-greece.org/architecture/parthenon.html

 

http://www.nicholasreeves.com/item.aspx?category=Writing&id=281

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