CIVILIZATION | PHOTO FRIDAY

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Welcome to another edition of Photo Friday.

CIVILIZATION, PHOTO FRIDAY
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CIVILIZATION

I’ve always been fascinated by ancient history and in 2013, my lifelong dream of exploring Greece came true. This was the birthplace of western civilization, politics and philosophy. Standing among those ancient ruins, I sensed the aura of past lives and was instantly transported back in time.

Today’s photos feature the temples of the Sacred Triangle. Included in this isosceles triangle are the Parthenon of Athens (north), the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion (south) and the Temple of Aphaia on the island of Aegina (west).

The Parthenon. Construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the peak of its power. It was completed in 438 BC although decoration of the building continued until 432 BC. It is the most important surviving building of Classical Greece:

Civilization, Photo Friday. The Parthenon, Athens Greece

The Temple of Poseidon was constructed in 444–440 BC, over the ruins of a temple dating from the Archaic period. It is perched above the sea at a height of almost 60 metres (200 ft):

Civilization, Photo Friday

The Temple of Aphaia is located within a sanctuary complex on the Greek island of Aegina  which lies in the Saronic Gulf. The extant temple of c. 500 BC was built over the remains of an earlier temple of c. 570 BC, which was destroyed by fire c. 510 BC:

Civilization, Photo Friday

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Civilization, Photo Friday

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Have you ever been to Greece?
Would you like to go?

Looking forward to your comments!

Debbie





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Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as “The Doglady”. Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal “hippie/rockchick”. Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!

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20 thoughts on “CIVILIZATION | PHOTO FRIDAY

    1. Thanks, Birgit! 🙂 Visiting Greece was my lifelong wish come true. It seems like all a dream now, so I’m glad I took many photos. Digital cameras make it easy!

  1. Could these photos be from your anniversary trip? 😉 I’m always fascinated by these ancient structures and would love to see the Parthenon one day. And Stonehenge and Medieval castles would be on my list as well. I enjoyed walking through Mayan ruins in Mexico, though the Gila monster; guarding the entrance, made me quite nervous;-)

    1. How’d you guess! 😉 It was the trip of a lifetime and I do go on and on about it……

      Mayan ruins would be fascinating, for sure. I’ve never been to that part of Mexico, only Tijuana. A Gila monster would have me running the other way! 😮

  2. Yes, I remember that trip of yours to Greece. Had some cool pics and updates. I wonder how grand these temples must have been in their original splendour?
    It is a privilege to visit places such as these. Still hoping to do a world trip one day.

    1. I bought a book in Athens, called “Ancient Greece Then and Now”, which has overlays of how the structures looked originally. You peel off the layers and are left with images of how they look now. Fascinating stuff! I hope you get the chance to go one day. Thanks for dropping in.

  3. Hi, Debbie the Doglady!

    These are beautiful images of magnificent structures. Mrs. Shady and I have discussed trips to Europe and we would love to visit Greece, tour these ancient sites and experience that feeling – “sense the aura of past lives” as you so nicely expressed it. I often wonder what’s to become of these ruins. What measures are in place to protect them them from the inevitable disintegration that comes with the passage of time? Are they being restored or shored-up in any way to prevent them from crumbling to dust? Are they protected from vandalism?

    Thank you, dear friend Debbie, and have a safe and happy weekend!

    1. Hi, Shady; It was an incredible experience and I hope you and Mrs. Shady get the chance to go to Greece one day. You posed some good questions about the ruins. The Parthenon is perpetually being repaired and restored and I think the same goes for other sites, as needed. Vandalism hasn’t been an issue in modern times, so let’s hope ISIS doesn’t infiltrate Greece. These sites are always jam-packed with tourists during the day and I would hope they have some kind of security overnight, but I honestly don’t know. Thanks for dropping in. Cheers!

  4. These were amazing structures. Too bad that we can’t see them as they were, but it’s pretty amazing that there still remains these ruins after so many centuries have passed. Nice photos.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host

    1. I bought a book in Athens, called “Ancient Greece Then and Now”, which has overlays of how the structures looked originally. You peel off the layers and are left with images of how they look now. Fascinating stuff! Glad you enjoyed the photos, Lee. 🙂 Thanks for dropping in and have a good weekend.