How Did Athens Build The Parthenon

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Humanities 101 25 July, 2015 The Parthenon High above the city of Athens sets the Parthenon. Although it is simple in structure, the wonderful artistry of this structure impacted classical architecture and still influences structures to this day. The Parthenon was built to house a grand, gold and ivory statue of the goddess Athena. Temples traditionally were to only be viewed from the outside (The Parthenon); the Doric style columns often interrupted the view of the temples. It was the largest Doric Greek temple but also used the Ionic temple styles (Ancient History). The creators of the Parthenon wanted the transition from outside to inside to be clear and smooth. A visitor would be able to have a spectacular view into the shrine to the goddess. The architects were very dedicated to the geometric design of this temple. They knew that the parallel columns would make the temple appear as if it were becoming narrower toward the back; to prevent this, they carved the columns to become…show more content…
It is especially apparent in the United States. The earliest we see it is in Philadelphia, at the Second Bank of the United States (Classical Comments). In 1818 a William Strickland won a competition to design the bank. The directors of the bank wanted and imitation of Greek architecture. The closest representation in the US, however, is the Third Indiana Statehouse; it even has the same proportions. Several national monuments, museums and memorials are influenced by the Parthenon; one such memorial is the Lincoln Memorial. They chose the Parthenon as influence because it seemed the most fitting tribute to the president. Tributes around the world mirror the majesty of the classical temple. Moscow University in Russia sports towering Doric columns and Walhalla was built to show a dedication and connection from Germany to Greece. Plantation houses speckle the south with Parthenon inspired

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