Acropolis, Greece circa 1870

From the book of Alexandros Papageorgiou-Venetas, Athens: a vision of Classicism.

The Frankopyrgos aka Tower of the Franks is standing still and mounds from the first excavations form an unfamiliar panorama.

Hellas Tempel / Walter Hege

Kaisariani 1928

Kaisariani, Athens (1928)

Walter Hege athens

Base Column, Erechtheion Acropolis, Athens(1928

Walter-Hege-caryatid, Athens

Erechtheion, caryatid and the city of Athens, c. 1930

Parthenon, Westfries, Rossebaendiger -  -

Partenon details , Acropolis, Athens (1928)

Walter Hege  acropolis

Archaeological photography in Athens, Greece, by German artist Walter Hege (1893–1985)

via klauskleinschmidt  , Philadelphia & Met museum

Parthenon through time

An animation of the Parthenon surviving ravages through time ( uncensored version) by the Greek Oscar-winning filmaker Costa Gavras created for Greece’s Acropolis Museum.

Read more on Christian persecutions against the Hellenic culture here

Hephaestus temple, Greece

Playing springtime tourist in your home town is one of the best ways to waste time…These photos are from my walk into a part of the ancient agora (forum) in Athens, an archaeological park located in the center of the city, after a lunch cancellation last Sunday:}

On a small hill, surrounded by an ornamental garden you’ll find the Temple of Hephaestus, also called the Theseum (450 BC -unknown architect)  made of an exquisite white marble from Mt. Penteli. Far less well-known than its neighbour, the Parthenon, this temple is a perfect place to relax

Temple of Theseus 8

Theseum withstood all ravages of past centuries, from Venetians and Ottoman Turks to “philhellenes”, art collectors or religion fanatics who destroyed most of the “pagan” temples and structures during the Byzantine era.. It’s the best-preserved ancient Greek temple in existence and the only one of which any considerable portion of the upper part remains, as it was in antiquity.

Temple of Hephaestus 12

photos WWT

aerial photo via

Machu Picchu

A incredible construction detail at the Temple of the sun in Machu Picchu, from Wanaku‘s photostream.

Antikythera Mechanism

The Antikythera Mechanism is the oldest known scientific computer, built in Greece at around 100 BCE. Lost for 2000 years, it was recovered from a shipwreck in 1901, but nobody could understand its purpose until a century later: an astronomical “computer” that determines the positions of celestial bodies with extraordinary precision.

And since Legomania is a disease that affects a large number of scientists, a fully-functional replica out of Lego HAD to be built. See the replica in action; build by Apple software engineer Andrew Carol with 1,500 Lego Technic pieces:

via dvice (thank you Mania!)