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Postcard of the Week: Athens

The Parthenon in the Acropolis in Athens conjures up images of the Ancient Greek Gods and all their crazy exploits. The word ‘acropolis’ in Greek means ‘high city’ and there were several of them in Ancient Greece, with temples such as the Parthenon built in the centre. The Acropolis of Athens happens to be the most famous one still remaining and as such has UNESCO World Heritage status.

The Parthenon was built for the goddess Athena and was decorated with beautiful sculptures which represent the greatest achievements of Greek artists. Despite it looking enormous in the postcard above, it is actually smaller than it appears. Work on it began in 447 BBC and the fact that a large part of it is still standing, almost 2500 years later, makes it a must-see on any trip to Greece’s capital.

[For those who are interested in the Parthenon but don’t have the time to go all the way to Athens, the British Museum (which has been poaching precious items from around the world for centuries)] has a whole room dedicated to the Parthenon. It includes a sculpture of a Centaur and Lapith taken from the Parthenon itself and can be found at Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG.]

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