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The Acropolis

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Domenic Corso

on 2 April 2011

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The Acropolis About the Acropolis The Parthenon is where the famous statue of Athena is housed. The Acropolis was built just before the outbreak of the Peloponnesian wars, and after being reduced to ashes it was rebuilt into a "City of Temples" that reach a whopping 60 metres high. The word 'Acropolis' means city by the edge The genius of an architect who designed this master piece was a man named Meniscles. Why is it a World Heritage Site? The Acropolis is a perfect example of ancient architectual genius. It has withstood major structural damage,through a number of wars, earthquakes and fires Threats To the Acropolis Obviously one of the thtreats is tourism because some people do not respect the Acropolis properly and damage it by taking illegal seuvenier pieces and littering. In the late Bronze age, a massive fortification wall was built around the Acropolis. This wall stayed as the Acropolis' fortification for centries after that. .http://www.stoa.org/athens/sites/acropolis.html It has a lot of historical significance relating to religion and politics. Peaces buildings freaquently fall because of the placement of metal rods that hold it together. Another threat to this site is that the marble slowly disintegrating because of the amount of sulpahr in the air which is caused by industral inpollution big cities. This pollution is often called acid rain. It was built almost 2500 years ago. one of the major threats is air pollution. Another threat is that in the future Greece might not be able to afford rebuilding it and protecting it. The biggest threat to the Acropolis since it was built is wars that have lead to destruction. It was built for the purpose of worship and to show the power and beauty of Athens Bibliography
http://www.in2greece.com/english/places/historical/mainland/acropolis.htm It took over 14 years to build. One of the most well known buildings in the Acropolis is the Parthenon, it is the largest Doric Temple ever completed in Greece. Acropolis at night City of Athens The Acropolis under restoration Arial shot of the Acropolis as it is today This is a site map of the Acropolis as it was when it was first built centuries ago N The Acropolis' monuments are built of Pentelic Marble, bronze, metallic marble, gold and some are encrusted with precious stones Topographical map and the location of the Acropolis Athens, Greece People lived on the Acropolis until the 6th Century when it was declared to be a temple for the Gods The Parthenon is the only temple that is completely constructed out of Pentelic Marble (except for it's wooden roof). Lonely Planet Greece. On average 6-7 million people visit the Acropolis every year. By Domenic Corso
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