Adventures at Matheran Hill Station
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Matheran is a Hill Station located near Mumbai, Karjat.   It is located 800 meters above sea level in the Jambol Forest of Maharashtra.  It was found by Hugh Poynts Malet in May 1850.  It spreads over an area of 8 square kilometers in Sahyadri Mountains.  It is one of the best places to spend a two-day holiday if you are in Mumbai or in the vicinity of Mumbai or its suburbs.  To reach Matheran,  [...]

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The Greek Temple, Parthenon

Posted on July 11, 2011 | Historic DestinationNo Comment

Parthenon is a temple of Greece dedicated to Athena, the Greek Goddess. The inhabitants of Greece used to consider Goddess Athena as their Patron. The construction of this temple started in 447BCand continued for 9 years; however, although the main construction work of Parthenon was completed by 438BC, the decoration continued till 432BC. In current Greece, the Parthenon is the most significant surviving construction that belongs to the ancient Greek Civilization.

The current building that stands in the place of the original Parthenon of ancient Greece is the reconstruction of the actual temple. In the year 1687, Parthenon experienced the biggest blow faced by it till date. It was the year when Venetians under the leadership of Francesco Morosini invaded Athens; other than that the group of Ottoman Turks used Parthenon like gunpowder magazines. The September 26, 1687 saw one of the Venetian mortars destroying the original building of Parthenon up to a great extent. This was only the initiation of the destruction. The process of destruction continued till the early 19th century. The final nail to the coffin of this magnificent Greek structure was the detachment of the sculptures. However, even then the significance of Parthenon as a primary historical destination of Greece was not diminished.

After more than a century of the destruction of the original building of Parthenon, in the year 1975, the government of Greece decided to restore the temple. This was part of a project in which many historical structures of Acropolis was reconstructed. However, the completion of the restoration job finished after 8 long years, in the year 1983.

The most recently occurring fascinating fact about this Greek Temple is that in March of 2011 5 missing metopes that originally belonged to Parthenon was discovered at Acropolis’s south wall. The facts presented by ‘Eleftherotypia’ daily suggested that the archaeologists involved in the excavation work have claimed that these metopes were placed in the south wall during the 1700s. These newly discovered metopes were a lot different from the remaining panels of Parthenon.

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