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The Parthenon
  • The Parthenon

  • 2 - 4 Makriyianni Str , Makriyianni, 11742
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The Parthenon - Athens

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The Parthenon, or 'The Temple to the Virgin', was dedicated to Athena Parthenos, the maiden Goddess considered to be the city patron. Built between 447 BC and 438 BC, this temple replaced the very first Parthenon (Parthenon I) of 570 BC. It was designed by architects Iktinos and Kallikrates, while the sculptor Pheidias supervised the entire building program and conceived the temple's sculptural decoration and statue of Athena.

The Parthenon remained unchanged until the fifth century AD, when it was converted into a church. In 1460, under Turkish rule, it became a mosque, and in 1687, during the siege of the Acropolis by Morozini, it was bombarded and largely destroyed. Conservation and restoration of the Parthenon took place in 1896-1900 and again in 1922-1933. A vast conservation and restoration programme of the monuments of the Acropolis, including the Parthenon, is also currently under way since 1975 by the Service of Restoration of the Monuments of the Acropolis.

Opening Hours

Summer Period (April - October): 8am - 8pm

Winter Period (November - March): 8:30am - 3pm

Admission Fee

Full: €12, Reduced: €6

Free Admission Days

6th March, in memory of Melina Mercouri

18th April, International Monuments Day

18th May, International Museums Day

5th June, International Environment Day

The last weekend of September annually, European Heritage Days

Sundays in the period between 1st November and 31st March

National Holidays

The first Sunday of every month, except for July, August and September

27th September, International Tourism Day

Address: 2 - 4 Makriyianni Str , Athens, 11742 View Larger Map

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