• Elgin Marbles - The Parthenon Sculptures

    1 month ago - By Rick Steves

    As Europe starts opening up to travelers again, it's more exciting than ever to think about the cultural treasures that await. For me, one of the great joys of travel is having in-person encounters with great art - which I've collected in a book called Europe's Top 100 Masterpieces. Here's one of my favorites:
    For 2,000 years, the Parthenon temple in Athens remained almost perfectly intact. But in 1687, with Athens under siege, the Parthenon was used to store a huge cache of gunpowder. Pow! A massive explosion sent huge chunks of the Parthenon everywhere. Then in 1801, the British...
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