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18 March 2005

New Columns On The Old Temple

A small peek at restoration on the Acropolis
crane at the parthenon

Last weekends trip to the Acropolis also let me have a look at the restoration works. For a geek it's always exciting to see modern work equipment on so old a structure. When we went up I joked: "It's a long time since I've been here, maybe they put up some new columns." Looks like I was almost right.

There is a big crane on train tracks right next to the Parthenon temple. Looks like they do some heavy moving. Reading from a sign I found out that they are going to restore the columns in the center part of the Parthenon. Right now there are full columns only at the ends of the building.

One big part of the restoration seems to be correcting past restorations mistakes. Parts of the columns were misplaced and misassembled. Iron fittings rusted away, has to be replaced with titanium (I hope it lasts longer than my PowerBook Ti). Concrete that was used to fill up cracks will be replaced by proper marble. More information about the works can be found at the Acropolis Restoration Project.

Posted by betabug at 17:05 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
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Re: New Columns On The Old Temple

Must be a transcendent feeling to stand by these "eternal" columns. Just imagine that thousand of years ago the world was a very different place.
I can see you're using the integrated camera of the sony ericsson. It's great to be able to see the places you describe with a photo. Nice addition to your posts.
Keep it up :-)

Posted by: Rodolfo Gouveia at March 18,2005 23:24
Re: New Columns On The Old Temple

Actually the picture was taken with a Nokia phone. At the time I did not have the Sony Ericsson yet.

Posted by: betabug at March 19,2005 11:45
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