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Acropolis Museum to Shed Light on Lost Statue of ‘Athena Parthenos’

Acropolis Museum, Athens

Acropolis Museum, Athens. Photo Source: @Acropolis Museum

On the occasion of the Greek national holiday on Monday, October 28, the Acropolis Museum in Athens will host a special presentation on the lost statue of Athena Parthenos and focus on its myths and mysteries.

An impression of the Athena Parthenos statue.

Designed by Greek sculptor, painter and architect Phidias in 447BC, the 11.5m gold and ivory statue depicted Greek goddess Athena and was housed in the Parthenon until the 5th century.

Its disappearance remains a mystery.

The Acropolis Museum now invites Athens’ residents and visitors to take “a walk of knowledge” and learn about the statue’s construction materials and techniques, its myths and allegories, its radiance and adventures.

The presentation will be held by a museum archaeologist-host in Greek on October 28, at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 4pm, and in English at 11am and 3pm.

For registration, visitors can refer to the Information Desk at the Museum’s entrance on the same day, half an hour before the start of each presentation. Participation is limited to 30 visitors per session on first-in first-served basis.

Chisel and Memory exhibition.

“Chisel and Memory” exhibition. Photo: GTP

Acropolis: ‘Chisel and Memory’

Meanwhile, the museum’s visitors will also have the opportunity to see a special exhibition on Acropolis‘ restoration works throughout the years.

Titled, “Chisel and memory. The contribution of marble craftsmanship to the restoration of the Acropolis monuments”, the exhibition features a number of mega photos showing the marble craftsmen as they worked on the Acropolis hill.

Chisel and Memory exhibition.

“Chisel and Memory” exhibition. Photo: GTP

On October 28, the museum’s exhibition areas and the archaeological excavation will be open from 8am to 6pm with free entrance for all visitors.

The restaurant on the second floor will operate during the same hours.

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Eleftheria has worked for several financial newspapers, magazines and websites during the past 19 years. Between 2004 and 2014 she worked as a radio producer, reporter and presenter for the Greek and English language program of “Athina 9.84 FM”. She also has hands-on experience in the MICE industry.

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