Can we rebuild the Parthenon?

Can we rebuild the Parthenon?

The Greek Central Archaeological Council (KAS) voted on Wednesday to rebuild a portion of the Parthenon, which is currently in ruins on Athens' Acropolis, using largely materials that are presently lying on the ground. The vote was 5-4 in favor of reconstruction.

The decision follows a proposal by KAS president Petros Marangos to construct a new temple at the eastern end of the platform where the existing one stands because parts of it are still intact. He also suggested that the building be named the "Temple of Athena Polias" ("Athena the City"), but this idea did not receive enough votes to be adopted.

The plan is for the new temple to have the same dimensions as the old one and to be made of similar materials. It will be covered with marble brought from Phocis, which is part of central Greece, when available. If no suitable marble can be found, then limestone will do instead.

There had been plans to restore the entire structure before it was decided to only rebuild part of it. The original purpose of rebuilding the Parthenon was to replace it with a larger version so that it could become Europe's largest temple after the Vatican Cathedral. But since this project wasn't completed, KAS has decided to go ahead with the smaller restoration effort instead.

Is the Parthenon in Greece still standing?

Today's Parthenon The Parthenon, along with the other structures on the Acropolis, is currently one of Greece's most visited archaeological monuments. With funds from the 2004 Olympic Games and UNESCO, the Greek Ministry of Culture launched a large repair effort that is currently ongoing. Some visitors may also notice changes to the appearance of the monument due to electronic surveillance systems now in place.

The original Parthenon was built between 447 and 432 B.C. by the Athenian leader Pericles. It was burned down during the Roman invasion of Greece in 146 B.C. and not rebuilt until about 415-400 B.C. The current structure dates from around the time of Alexander the Great (356 B.C.). He ordered his architect Callicrates to build him a new temple similar to the old one but larger and with more ornate decorations. The Parthenon remains one of ancient Athens' greatest architectural treasures and is considered one of the founding monuments of modern democracy. It can be seen in many photographs taken at the time of its destruction during the Ottoman conquest of Greece in 1687.

After the fall of Athens as a powerful city state in 1832, the remaining structures on the Acropolis were left undisturbed to protect them from further damage.

Are they going to rebuild the Acropolis?

The Acropolis Restoration Service is now working on restoring the Acropolis of Athens, particularly the Parthenon Temple (YSMA). The restoration began in 1830 with the establishment of the modern Greek state and is still ongoing. Although the project has been divided into stages, work on the first two have so far been completed: the removal of debris from the site and the cleaning of the walls.

In 2004, the government of Greece announced that it would fund the reconstruction of the Acropolis Museum if its board of directors approved the plan. However, no decision has yet been made regarding whether to go ahead with the project.

The temple was built between 447 and 432 B.C. by the architects Iktinos and Kallikles. It was originally crowned with a golden statue of Athena made by Phidias but this was removed by the Ottoman Turks when they destroyed the temple in 1678. Today, only the base remains since the rest of the sculpture was stolen years ago.

In September 2006, French architect Jean-Pierre Conteloup was selected to design the new building for the Acropolis Museum. His proposal includes an underground museum with rooms arranged like chambers of the human body where visitors can see exhibits on display at various times of day through glass panels in the floor. Above ground, there will be café bars, shops, and exhibition spaces.

Does the Parthenon still have scaffolding?

Since then, scaffolding has been erected someplace near the historic temple. However, the Parthenon's façade will be scaffold-free from now until September. The Parthenon has been damaged by fire, battle, revolution, looting, botched repair, and pollution over the years. Because of this, parts of it must be rebuilt or restored each year.

The famous sculptures on the pediment were made in Phidias' workshop. He was a Greek sculptor who lived in Athens around 450 B.C. Originally there were about 400 statues on the pediment, but about a hundred remain today. They depict battles between Greeks and Amazons, warriors, athletes, gods, and others. Some of the figures are in bronze, others in ivory. Flawless figures were cast in one piece and then polished smooth. The eyes, eyebrows, and teeth were often added later using stones engraved with the right shapes for these features.

Phidias also designed the sculpture that stands behind the statue group on the pediment. It is called a metopes and shows scenes from mythology. There are four of them and they are almost all that remains of them today. The rest was stolen or destroyed over the years.

The temple of Athena Parthenos was built in 447 B.C. by Pericles, one of the most important politicians in ancient Greece.

How long has the Parthenon restoration project been going on?

The Central Archaeological Council of Greece has made a key decision to restore the northern wall of the Parthenon's cella (or chamber) in Athens, concluding repair work that has lasted more than three decades. The effort is expected to be completed by 2028 at the latest.

The council approved plans for the renovation work at its meeting on Thursday. It was decided that the cost of the project will not exceed 18 million euros ($20 million). Of this amount, around 15 million euros will come from private sources, while the remaining 3 million euros will be covered by the government budget.

The building's owner until now has been the City of Athens, which signed a contract with a French company in 1986 under then-prime minister Michel Rocard. Work began the following year and it was scheduled to be finished by 1993. But due to financial difficulties, the deadline was never met and the project was delayed for almost two decades.

When it resumed, the work was taken over by Greek contractors who were hired by the city government. However, in 2017 they too went bankrupt before starting any construction activities. At this point, the state stepped in and appointed SCOPTEM as the contractor for the project.

SCOPTEM is a non-profit organization founded in 1978 with the purpose of preserving cultural assets all over Greece.

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Is the Parthenon falling apart?

Archaeologists have warned that the Acropolis is collapsing and would require extensive repairs to stabilize it. Engineers have discovered that a part of the massive flat-topped rock on which the ancient Parthenon stands in Athens is beginning to give way, according to the Greek news agency ANA. The site's director said that the gap was about 12 inches (30 cm) wide and 1 foot (30 cm) deep.

The finding comes less than two months after an earthquake of magnitude 6.9 struck nearby Athens killing one person and causing widespread damage to buildings including the famous temple.

"We are now facing a real danger for which we must take immediate action," said Yannis Gourtsoyiannis, director of the Acropolis Museum. "The Parthenon is collapsing."

Gourtsoyiannis said that the museum will ask politicians to allocate funds to protect the site or even to build a new one if necessary. It was later modified in 167 B.C. by Apollodorus of Damascus who added the crowning sculpture of Zeus by Phidias. The building was completely destroyed during a Turkish invasion in 1687 and not rebuilt until 1768 when the British architect John Wood designed the current structure using materials found near the site of the old one.

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