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Who bombed the Parthenon?
Indeed, few cultural monuments demonstrate this more perfectly than the Athenian Parthenon, which was unceremoniously bombed in 1687 by a Venetian-led army of mercenaries hired by Poland, Venice, and the Vatican—the very Europeans whose culture it is meant to embody—to push the Ottoman Turks out of Europe.
Did Lord Elgin steal the marbles?
Greece maintains they were taken illegally during the country's Turkish occupation and should be returned for display in Athens. The Greek government has disputed the British Museum Trustees' legal title to the sculptures. Some suggest that Lord Elgin bribed Turkish officials and effectively stole the marbles.
Can you touch the Parthenon?
You can walk all the way around the Parthenon but you are not allowed to touch it. There is a rope around the building that keeps people from getting too close.
Is the Parthenon one of the 7 Wonders?
I don't know much about Byzantine Athens, but the Parthenon was certainly an impressive architectural feat in antiquity—in fact, it was built by the same architect who sculpted the Olympian Zeus, which is one of the Seven Wonders (Phidias - Wikipedia ).
How much is the entrance fee to the Acropolis?
The cost of entrance to the Acropolis is about 20 euros and is good for the other sites in the area including the ancient agora, theatre of Dionysos, Kerameikos, Roman Agora, Tower of the Winds and the Temple of Olympian Zeus and is supposedly good for a week. You can also buy individual tickets to these other sites.
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