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Athens was a powerful city, a centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, the home of Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum. It is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, largely due to the impact of its cultural and political achievements during the 5th and 4th centuries BC on the rest of the then known European continent.



The Parthenon is a temple in the Athenian Acropolis, dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their protector. Its construction began in 447 BCE and was completed in 438 BCE, although decorations of the Parthenon continued until 431 BCE. It is the most important surviving building of Classical Greece. 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 Parthenon, built during the 5th Century, the Golden Age of Greece
The Parthenon, built during the 5th Century, the Golden Age of Greece
A vew of Athens from the Acropolis
A vew of Athens from the Acropolis
Caryatides (Maidens) on the Erechtheion (click to enlarge)
Caryatides (Maidens) on the Erechtheion (click to enlarge)
The Parthenon, built during the 5th Century, the Golden Age of Greece
The Parthenon, built during the 5th Century, the Golden Age of Greece
A Greek fellow at the Plaka
A Greek fellow at the Plaka
My girl with Caryatides (Maidens) in the background
My girl with Caryatides (Maidens) in the background
Caryatides (Maidens) on the Erechtheion
Caryatides (Maidens) on the Erechtheion
The Arch of Hadrian
The Arch of Hadrian
The Odeum of Herodes Atticus
The Odeum of Herodes Atticus
Olympic Track Field
Olympic Track Field