One of the greatest female figures of Greece in the 20th century, Melina Mercouri passed away on this day in 1994 at the age of 74. Here is her story.
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.
The British Museum may refuse to return the Parthenon sculptures and marbles to Athens, but the University of Sydney is donating an entire Lego Acropolis to the Acropolis Museum.
For anyone heading to Athens, the Acropolis is a definite must-see. We have put together some interesting facts to shine even more light on this monument which is a universal symbol of civilisation and one of the greatest architectural complexes to ever be built.