With a length of 300 meters at its base, a height of 170 m to the top,
and a width of 156 meters, the Acropolis rises above the City of Athens.
On a simple hill stands one of the most glorious sites of our history.
It was Pericles in the 6th century B.C. at a time when the Athenian democracy was about to
extend all over the Greek world, who was the instigator of a a City adorned with temples,
theatres and Odeons. Between 449 and 431 B.C. began the construction of the Parthenon,
the Propylća, the Temples of Athena Nike and Erechteion.
The site is presenting the Acropolis as it was, untouched until 267 A.D.
when an invasion of the Heroulos (a band of Germanic tribes) partly destroyed the city.
Later on Athens and the Acropolis went more and more forgotten by the civilized world.
The model which I’m presenting is therefore a reconstruction, as faithfully as it could be,
of the splendours of the Acropolis, without beeing able to show the gilts and the beauty
as the contemporaries could see them. However I did an exception for the Odeon of Herodes
Atticus which I reproduced as it appears today, and I shall give you the explanation
during you visit.
On this rocky spur rises the sun of a civilization which still shines to us.