One of the most famous and historically important buildings in all the world, the Parthenon, remains today a powerful symbol of all that the Greeks held dear: the ideals of artistry, organic beauty and democratic participation.
But sadly, over the centuries, the once lavishly decorated and brightly painted Parthenon has been ravaged by wars, invaders and time itself and reduced to partial, faded ruins.
The towering 42-foot tall statue of the Goddess of Wisdom, Athena — once the focal point of the Parthenon’s interior — was long ago looted by soldiers of the Roman Empire and likely destroyed during the Crusades.
Other sculptures that once adorned the Parthenon’s original structure have been damaged, destroyed or are scattered across the globe at different museums.
Clip from the IMAX film “Greece, Secrets of the past”.