Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Parthenon Ruins

The Parthenon, the temple to Athena atop the Acropolis in Athens, would be in much sturdier shape these days if the Ottoman Turks hadn't used it as a gunpowder storehouse. When the Venetians attacked the city in 1687, a mortar round landed inside the landmark, and the resulting explosion blew off the roof and collapsed or decapitated many of the columns.

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