Restoration work gets under way on Parthenon pediment

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Restoration work on the western pediment of the Parthenon temple began Thursday as part of the ongoing project to restore and reconstruct monuments on the hill of the Acropolis.

Restoration work gets under way on Parthenon pediment

The project, which was recently incorporated in the European Union-backed Partnership Agreement for 2014-20 known as ESPA, has a budget of 5 million euros.

Work on the pediment is expected to last for two years.

The western pediment was damaged, as was the rest of the temple, by cannon fire during a siege by the Venetians in 1687.

The pediment depicted a contest between Poseidon, god of the sea, and Athena, goddess of wisdom, for the patronage of Athens.

The temple suffered further damages when sculptural remnants were hacked away in the early 19th century on behalf of British ambassador Lord Elgin, who, in turn, sold them to the British government.

Apart from work being carried out to the Parthenon’s western pediment, restoration will also be carried out on the north wall of the ancient monument as well as to the Propylaea and the Erechtheion.

Source: Kathimerini [June 23, 2017]

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