Greece is one of the largest tourist destination spots on the entire planet, and for good reason. The country is filled with ancient architecture and rich history that is both romantic and filled with bloodshed. Among the amazing artifacts and historical buildings still standing is the great Parthenon. The Parthenon is one of the primary reasons that people book a cheap flight and hotel reservation to visit Athens. The museum is filled with history and wonder and there is so much more to know about it than we can even get into. So we decided to put together 12 of the most interesting historical facts about the Parthenon for those intrepid travelers that are willing to get on a plane and see it first hand!
The Parthenon can survive earthquakes.
Just looking at the Parthenon you wouldn’t think that it was a miracle of ancient engineering, but it was. The Doric stylings of the design make it almost deceptive how effective and efficient the build of the Parthenon actually is. In fact, the Parthenon was so well designed that it could easily survive an earthquake! The way that the temple columns lean inward allow for a curvature that reinforces the entire building against earthquakes. While the initial reason for these inward columns was aesthetic reasons, the outcome would end up allowing the building to survive all the way to today.
Greece is trying to collect the stolen Parthenon sculptures.
We spoke of Lord Elgin and his purchasing of the Parthenon sculptures but now we’ll expand even more. Ever since the Parthenon had been looted of its artwork, the Greece government has been trying to get it back. As of this writing there has been no cooperation from any of the countries housing the lost Parthenon artifacts. If you want to see what’s left then you should grab a cheap ticket and book some hotel reservations in Greece to take a look first hand.