Athens Greece Points of Interest
- Address: Attiki
- Hours: Open daily 8am - 5pm (until 7:30pm in Summer)
- Admission: Acropolis admission: € 12
The Parthenon (Parthenonas), one of the world's most famous buildings, represents a high point in ancient Greek architecture. Built around 440 BC, the Parthenon's classical architecture has influenced buildings ever since - and still does today.
Built for worship of the goddess Athena, it was to give thanks for the salvation of Athens and Greece in the Persian Wars. Officially it is called the Temple of Athena the Virgin; the name Parthenon comes from the Greek word for virgin.
In the 2, 500 years of its existence, the building has been a temple, a treasury, a fortress, and a mosque; in the 6th century AD the Parthenon became a Christian church, with the addition of an apse at the east end. Today it is one of the world's leading tourist attractions.
Built of Pentelic white marble, the Parthenon is famous for its classical Doric columns and decorating sculptural friezes which depict scenes of battle and history in marble. Some of these, known as the Elgin Marbles, are in the British Museum and there is fierce debate about whether they should be returned to Greece.flights from las vegas to atlanta flights to bozeman mt best time to book flights ryanair flights flights to savannah icelandair flights flights from lax to honolulu flights to hawaii from dallas flights from sacramento to seattle flights chicago to new york flights to cleveland ohio new york to miami flights flights from austin to new york google flights denver cheap hawaii flights denver to chicago flights one travel flights are flights being cancelled flights websites flights from chicago to puerto rico montana flights flights from dallas to houston flights from atl to california memphis to miami flights united airlines cancelled flights gogole flights google matrix flights denver to orlando flights flights to dallas from lax private jet flights flights from atl flights from seattle to denver charlotte nc flights flights from san diego to new york