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Acropolis of Athens

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The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel located on a high rocky outcrop above the city of Athens, Greece, and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon.

While there is evidence that the hill was inhabited as far back as the fourth millennium BC, it was Pericles (c. 495 – 429 BC) in the fifth century BC who coordinated the construction of the site's most important buildings including the Parthenon, the Propylaia, the Erechtheion and the temple of Athena Nike. The Parthenon and the other buildings were seriously damaged when the Parthenon was being used for gunpowder storage and was hit by a cannonball.

Behind the Propylaea, Phidias' gigantic bronze statue of Athena built between 450 BC and 448 BC, dominated. The base was 1.50 m (4 ft 11 in) high, while the total height of the statue was 9 m (30 ft). The goddess held a lance whose gilt tip could be seen as a reflection by crews on ships, and a giant shield on the left side. The statue overlooking her city for about 1000 years but was finally destroyed in 1203 AC.

The Acropolis was formally proclaimed as the preeminent monument on the European Cultural Heritage list of monuments on 26 March 2007.

As Lego Architecture is a sub-brand and product range of the Lego construction toy, which aims to “celebrate the past, present and future of architecture through the Lego Brick”, the world-famous Acropolis of Athens could be added to the actual sets.

However as Journalist Jenny Williams said: "the scale on these kits is pretty small, though, so don’t expect exquisite detail. But creating with Lego bricks is quite a fun way to pay homage to great architects."

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