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The Day the Venetians Blew Up the Parthenon

On this day, September 26, 1687, the Parthenon of Acropolis in Athens faced a severe blow and was partly destroyed by Francesco Morosini, the leader of the Venetian army, who, as part of the Morean War, led an expedition...

10 Ancient Greek Temples You Must See

Many important ancient temples are located in Greece and other countries, such as Italy, which were then part of the ancient Greek empire.

Monumental Statue of Athena Parthenos Once Graced Acropolis

A monumental statue of Athena Parthenos, created of gilded ivory, once stood in the center of the magnificent temple of the Parthenon on the Acropolis of Athens. The Athena Parthenos (Ancient Greek: Ἀθηνᾶ Παρθένος) was a massive chryselephantine sculpture of...

The Parthenon of the Acropolis to be Recreated in Australia

The ancient Greek Parthenon of the Acropolis of Athens will be recreated with intense colors in Australia's National Gallery of Victoria. The recreated Parthenon dubbed ‘Temple of Boom’ which is a joint project by Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang of...

When Lord Elgin Removed the First Sculptures from the Parthenon

Thomas Bruce, the 7th Earl of Elgin and ambassador of England in Constantinople, stole precious ancient sculptures from the Parthenon to take to England in the late summer of 1801, marking the beginning of the long dispute of their...

Who Beheaded The Kritios Boy, the Masterpiece of Ancient Greek Art?

The Kritios Boy, a statue displayed at the Acropolis Museum is one of the most important works of ancient Greek art and the most characteristic of the so-called "Severe Style." The statue’s torso was found in 1865 to 1866 southeast...

Magic Johnson Has “Life Changing Experience” at Acropolis in Athens

Magic Johnson, one of the world's most famous basketball stars, has had what he calls a "life changing experience" in visiting the Acropolis in Athens during his time in Greece. The NBA legend, who is regarded as the best point...

Why Many Churches were Built on Top of Ancient Greek Temples

Surprisingly, many Christian churches were built on sites where ancient Greek temples once stood, and many temples were once used as churches at some point in history. In fact, the Parthenon, which is likely the most famous ancient Greek temple...

The Oldest Photograph of the Acropolis

French photographer and draughtsman Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey took the first-ever photograph of the Acropolis of Athens in 1842.

Five Caryatids in Athens Still Waiting for Their Lonely Sister

The Erechtheion, the ancient Greek temple held up by statues known as Caryatids, was dedicated to the gods Athena and Poseidon; it still stands on the Athens Acropolis much like the Parthenon just meters away as a testament of...