As you walk through the shopping district
of modern Athens, if you are observant,
you can see the Acropolis with its
Parthenon in the distance.
From at least the 8th century B.C.,
Athens was the most important city in
Greece. Today, the population of
Athens is about 3 million.
The Acropolis is a ten acre rock rising
300 feet above Athens. The name means
"high town."
One of the major buildings on the
Acropolis is the Parthenon.
Construction of the Parthenon, a temple,
began in 447 B.C. It is made of marble
and is about 230 feet long and 100 feet
wide. Originally, the Parthenon was
decorated with sculpture, but little
remains today.