GREECE: Athens / Athina
25 images Created 10 Apr 2012
View Tom Dempsey's images of Athens (Athina), in Greece, Europe: The Acropolis and Parthenon still inspire awe as classic symbols of early Democracy. Go early in the morning to avoid crowds. The Erechtheion (with "Porch of the Maidens") was built entirely of marble between 421 and 406 BC and is the most sacred sanctuary on the Acropolis. The Parthenon was first built from 447-438 BC; scaffolding and crane in 2001 support reconstruction for the 2004 Olympics. In the National Archaeological Museum, see impressive objects from Greek history including a Roman marble model of the "Athena Polias" ("Athena of the city"). A marble sculpture of Aphrodite, Eros, and Pan dates from 100 BC. In the Roman Agora of Athens, the octagonal Tower of the Winds was designed by Syrian astronomer Andronicus around 50 BC.