Parthenon, the most iconic monument of Greece, is a temple built on the Athenian Acropolis. It is dedicated to the goddess Athena, the protector of city of Athens in antiquity. Built in 4th century BC, the temple served as the treasury for the Athenian empire. After the 6th century AD the temple converted to a church dedicated to Virgin Mary while during the Ottoman occupation it turned into a mosque. In 1687, the Parthenon was severely damaged because of a Venetian bomb that ignited Ottoman ammunition that was kept inside the Parthenon.
The name Parthenon in Greek means the apartments of the unmarried women derived from the Greek word for 'virgin'. Parthenon and Acropolis in contemporary era have become a globally recognized symbol which is tied not only with the classical era of Greece but also with the notion of democracy.
Photo taken at Akropolis Parthenon – Ακρόπολη Παρθενώνας
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