Parthenon! The finest monument of Athens! The greatest symbol of democracy and philosophy! One of the largest achievements of global architecture, sculpture, art.
It was built under the instructions of Pericles, the political leader of Athens in the 5th century BC. It was dedicated to goddess Athena. Nowadays, standing on the rocky hill – Acropolis, dominates the modern center of our city and through all those years “keeps an eye” on us.
I was a kid in primary school, since I last visited Acropolis. I always admire our Ancient heritage, especially during my nights out, at the center of Athens, but recently, I felt that need of going up the hill again. It was a sunny Sunday morning, I decided to go! It seemed that I was not the only one with the same idea… When I arrived, I realized that it was a free entrance day (Free entrance every 1st Sunday of the month), and hundreds of people were heading to the hill. Tourists, families, group of friends with cameras, etc.
To be honest, I was kind of disappointed at first with all this crowd.
As I was walking, trying to avoid the crowd, I started observing people’s reactions in front of the greatest masterpieces of classical Greek art. I isolated my thought, I concentrated on what I was watching, architectural details, sculptural features, the art skills on the marbles, the light of the sun coming into the temples, the shadows among columns & beams, a mysterious atmosphere though it was noon. I closed my eyes for a while and I started imagine the Ancient Greek talking, teaching music, exchanging ideas of Democracy and Philosophy. When I opened my eyes, I felt I was alone, I took my camera and I started immortalizing my memories.
Suddenly, I felt so happy, so many people around me, visited & admired these monuments which are the testimony of a precious part of the cultural heritage of humanity.
As I was leaving the hill, I was smiling, I felt so proud of my origin, my ancestors and I was so anxious to share my photos, my experience with my friends.
Finally we would discuss something totally different apart from our everyday habits, problems & resolutions through the recent “Monster” called economic Greek crisis.
words & photos by Kiki Kapasakalidou