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I spent two enjoyable days in Athens and could not take my eyes off the Parthenon. It is huge and impossible to miss as it is the highest point in Athens.
The Parthenon is a former temple on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, that was dedicated to the goddess Athena during the fifth century BC. Its decorative sculptures are considered some of the high points of Greek art, an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece, democracy and Western civilization.
The Parthenon was built in thanksgiving for the Hellenic victory over Persian invaders during the Greco-Persian Wars. Like most Greek temples, the Parthenon also served as the city treasury.
Since 1975, numerous large-scale restoration projects have been undertaken to preserve remaining artifacts and ensure its structural integrity.
I made this photograph of the Parthenon from the rooftop of my hotel.
The Acropolis Museum is a beautifully designed modern structure with impressive ancient objects.
I also saw multiple demonstrations in Athens. Although the demonstrations were peaceful, the police were out in riot gear and gas masks in case things got out of control.
Athens is a huge city with a lot going on. Greece has a population of 10.6 million people, and more than 3 million Greeks live in Athens.