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The Parthenon
General information
Type Temple
Architectural style Classical
Location Athens, Greece
Construction started 447 BC
Completed 432 BC
Destroyed Partially on 26 September 1687
Height 13.72 m (45.0 ft)
Technical details
Size 69.5 by 30.9 m (228 by 101 ft)
Other dimensions Cella: 29.8 by 19.2 m (98 by 63 ft)
Design and construction
Architect Iktinos, Callicrates
Other designers Phidias (sculptor)

The Parthenon is a temple in the middle of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece (Europe). It was a temple to Athena for nearly 2000 years and originally had a huge idol to her. The name Parthenon means the virgin's place in Greek. It was built between 447 BC and 432 BC during the reign of Pericles. It is considered one of ancient Greece's greatest architecture accomplishments.

The building was constructed using limestone foundations and 22,000 tons of marble. The building was designed by the architects Ictinus and Callicrates. It has 46 Doric columns which support the roof, with 8 across the front and back, and 17 on each side. Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin took the some of the sculptures, now called the Elgin Marbles, from the Parthenon in 1759. They have been on display in the British Museum since 1816.

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