Not just a symbol of the city, this is one of the most famous monuments in the world.
Monument to Athena
The Greek Parthenon is the most well-known image of Athens, it is a true symbol of the city and of the great Empire once control by this country. Built by Phidias at the time of Pericles in the 5th century BC, it is the main temple at the Acropolis. This white marble building and its columns, which are the very definition of the Doric order, pay homage to the goddess Athena and the frieze details the procession of the Panathenea festival. Raised on the ruins of an ancient Persian temple, this building has survived many trials and tribulations over time. It has been despoiled on numerous occasions; in fact, the British Empire removed many pieces from the Parthenon which, even today, have not been returned. War and natural disasters have also taken their toll on the Parthenon, however, it is still the proud icon of the city.