The Acropolis under the light of the sunset

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The Acropolis of Athens is a rocky hill 156 meters from the sea surface and 70 meters around the level of the city of Athens. The top of the trapezoid shaped length of 300 m and a maximum width of 150 m. The hill is inaccessible from all sides except the west, where lies the fortified entrance, decorated with brilliant Propylaea.

It was found that the hill was inhabited from the 3rd millennium BC From the 6th century. BC were built up in him, the temples of Athens, as Hekatompedon others, destroyed during the Persian wars. The rebuilding of the walls and temples began immediately after the defeat of the Persians in 465 BC, the time that Pericles. Under the supervision of Phidias and the architects Mnesikles, Kallikrates and Callimachus were built and decorated the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, the Propylaea and the Temple of Athena Nike. During the Roman period added some minor structures. During the Byzantine era, the Parthenon was converted into a Christian church. During the Frankish occupation was a Catholic church, while the Turkish mosque. During the Ottoman Acropolis suffered the most damage. The Turks were storing gunpowder on it and gave rise to destroy monuments. In 1645 a thunderbolt which fell onto the gunpowder blew the Propylaea. In 1687, when the Acropolis besieged the Venetian Morosini, one of the bombs dropped on the powder was stored in the Parthenon and the Temple destroyed. Extensive damage caused by the British Lord Elgin just before the Revolution of 1821. Put to dismantle the Parthenon frieze, metopes, pediments, a Caryatid and a column of the Erechtheion, which moved to England. For all that he paid 35,000 pounds to the Turks and the Athenians gave a clock, erected in the ancient market. During the War of 1821 the Citadel was besieged in turn by Greeks and Turks, and suffered further damage. In 1834, archaeological work began to restore the monuments.

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Comments (859)

Hansi_2010 on March 16

Fantástica foto. L + Fav. Saludos, Juanjo

Vinay Kumar on March 23

Very Beautiful and nice shot.
You have a Beautiful gallery.
Like♥ for this awesome click.
Greetings from Vinay
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Best wishes and Have a nice weekend

neil.gilmour on March 27

Glorious photo. YSL. Neil

Arturo C-53 on March 31

Bella fotografía de este lugar tan famoso mundialmente LIKE. Saludos, Arturo

Vince Szabo on April 4

... nice shot ... like! (848)



Kai Kitsada on April 20

nice shot F+L 322/851

Gori Bau on April 22

splendid view of the Acropolis with warm colors of sunset => LIKE => greetings from Italy, Fabrizio

María Fernando on April 26

L 853. Saludos amistosos.

Nicola Morandi on May 18

Fantastica composizione, i colori sono meravigliosi! Tanti Saluti dal Trentino-IT, Nicola M.Like+Fav

Heinrich Andreas on May 19

Akropolis, sehr alt und immer wunderschön L
Schöne Grüße, Heinrich

Giancarlo Amadio on May 21

Εξαιρετική εικόνα, συγχαρητήρια. Γεια σου Νικ. Ένα θερμό χαιρετισμό από την Μπρέσια. LIKE! + FAV! Gianni.

normand richard on May 25

a classic scene.

Salutation du Québec et ☼

Edwards Wzxm on May 29

Nice architecture, beautiful details.

Ibolya I on June 3

Very nice Like 858 Best wishes, Ibolya

Valeri Karjalainen on June 30

Very beautiful photo ! Like + Favorites! Greetings from Finland, Valeri .

Dirk V on August 4

Very nice picture!

︎☼ FAV + LIKE ☼

Best wishes, Dirk

Elvira Ludwigs on August 7

Like and Favo

Many greetings from germany Elvira.

Susysan 11 days ago

L&F per questa bella foto!Grazie per le gradite visite .Un amichevole saluto,Susanna

Abdullah kıyga 8 days ago

→ Perfect photo! 📷 L Greetings, ©Abdullah Kiyga

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Photo taken in Ακρόπολη - Φιλοππάπου, Athens 105 55, Greece
Filopappou Hill

Photo details

  • Uploaded on February 10, 2013
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    by varkos
    • Camera: Canon EOS 450D
    • Taken on 2010/09/15 19:07:50
    • Exposure: 0.010s (1/100)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash