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Rebuilding the Parthenon in Athens

Updated on December 11, 2010

When we visited the Parthenon shortly before the 2004 Olympics we discovered that there was a lot of work going on behind the scenes to restore the structure.

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The Parthenon in 1986

 I have been told that the damage from air pollution is actually worse than what was caused by the rigors of time and war wounds.
I have been told that the damage from air pollution is actually worse than what was caused by the rigors of time and war wounds.

War Wounds and Air Pollution

 

A few of the supporting pillars have been put back in place after painstaking restoration and refitting.

16 Years Later in 2002

If you look closely at the picture behind us you will see a lot of construction equipment and scaffolding.

Every piece that can be has been taken down, catalogued, cleaned, restored and is waiting to be put back into it's rightful place. For over 2000 years this incredible and beautiful building has epitomized the blending of engineering genius and beauty.

This project has gone on for years. No one knows how long it will take to finish the job.

Nobody said it was going to be easy.
Nobody said it was going to be easy.

I am including a couple of videos that show some of the reconstruction and some of the visual tricks that the builders played on us.

Painstakingly Lowering One of the Columnar Sections

Sometimes a Straight Line isn't Straight

Mars Hill is Visible from the Acropolis

Mars Hill is where the Apostle Paul told the Athenians about the "Unknown God." See Acts 17:16-34
Mars Hill is where the Apostle Paul told the Athenians about the "Unknown God." See Acts 17:16-34

Huge Agave Cactus

For you gardeners and horticulturists.  I believe that this plant that sits beside the path that goes up to the Parthenon is an Agave. It is huge.   Notice the size of the people in the background. I’ve never seen anything close to it in size before.
For you gardeners and horticulturists. I believe that this plant that sits beside the path that goes up to the Parthenon is an Agave. It is huge. Notice the size of the people in the background. I’ve never seen anything close to it in size before.

Epilogue

I hope to see you at the Parthenon when it has been completely restored to its original beauty and majesty.

Bob Diamond

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      Grace Perri 5 years ago

      love your pictures and videos. I really want to discover the fascinating things of the pathenon. Many thanks!

      God bless!

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      The restoration work that is going on at the Acropolis is amazing. My family lived in Greece, 1964-1967, and one of the most breathtakingly beautiful sight was the Parthenon all golden and shimmering, lit up after dark.

      I really like your Hub and the fact that you drew attention to the restoration of what is surely one of the wonders of the world. I talk a little bit about Greece in my Hub "A Polish-American Artist."

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      Bob Diamond RPh 6 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

      Thanks, Rich. I'm a Vietnam vet circa 1967-68. I appreciate your service. Bob Diamond R.Ph

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      rich 6 years ago

      I am a soldier in the us army and of greek decent I hope to one day see my home land and visit the site after completion

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      Parthenon 7 years ago

      This is really good news for us.Parthenon is a great temple we preserve the old statue .and videos are amazing

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      Sufidreamer 7 years ago from Sparti, Greece

      Glad that you shared that with us - the Greeks have really kicked on, since the Olympics, and are working hard to repair and restore. I have not had chance to visit the new museum, but my friend said that it is truly awesome.

      All it needs now is the Elgin Marbles.... :D

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      Kim Garcia 7 years ago

      Wonderful Photographs!! When we visited the Parthenon in 2000 they had just begun some of the restoration. You may view photos of Greece as well as many other European and South American countries on our website if you so desire. All under the "Travel" category. Many blessings! ~K

      http://www.alphaphoto1.com