Tag: Erechtheion

olive tree acropolis

The Ancient, Sacred Olive Tree of the Acropolis that Never Dies

For over 2,500 years, the olive tree of the Acropolis has remained a worthy symbol of Athens, an undying and ancient representation of prosperity, peace, hope, and resurrection. Planted by the Goddess Athena herself, as Greek mythology would have it, the tree has suffered many fires and mutilations as invaders have come and gone. But a sprig was always saved to be planted later.

Parthenon Athens

History of the magnificent Parthenon

The celebrated Greek statesman Pericles is credited with ordering the design and construction of the Parthenon between 447 and 432 BC as a temple for Athena—the goddess of wisdom, arts and literature and war. Still dominating the modern city of Athens, the Parthenon is a magnificent testimony to the glory and renown the city enjoyed throughout antiquity. Pericles had made no idle boast then when he emphatically stated that ‘…we shall be the marvel of the present day and of ages yet to come.