Monthly Archives: August 2011

Athenian Agora: Odeon of Agrippa

The Athenian Agora was the center of the ancient city of Athens. It was a large square where the citizens could assemble. The space might be used as a market, or for an election, a dramatic performance, a religious procession, military drill, or athletic competition. The quare was surrounded by the public buildings necessary to run the Athenian government. Until Peisistratus reorganised the Agora (in 6th Century BC), there are private houses, too. Excavations in the ancient Athenian Agora are conducted by the American School of Classical Studies (since 1931). The Stoa of Attalos was adapted to house the Museum of Athenian Agora.
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Acropolis of Athens: South view on Parthenon

The Acropolis is one of the most known historic monuments of Athens. Most of the major temples were rebuilt under the leadership of Pericles (Golden Age of Athens, 460–430 BC). During the 5th century BC, Acropolis of Athens gained its final shape. During the Hellenistic and Roman periods, many of the existing buildings in the area of the Acropolis were repaired, and monuments to foreign kings were erected (Attalos II and Eumens II of Pergamos. In the Byzantine period, the Parthenon was turned into a church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
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Amiens Cathedral: West Portal

Amiens is a city in northern France and the capital of the Somme region in Picardy. The city is known for its famaous cathedral. The Amiens Cathedral is the tallest complete Gothic church form the 13th century in France. It was built very quickly in the period 1220 – cca 1270.  The Amiens cathedral “survived” both wold wars without substantial damages.
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