Have you wondered what kinds of landmarks the beautiful land of Greece has to bestow? Why the Greeks created the magnificent structures? In Greece all the buildings and landmarks were created to please the many gods they worshiped. Many of these buildings that were devoted to the gods were destroyed, but many of the ruins still remain today. Some of the most fascinating sites in ancient Greece are the Parthenon, the theater of Dionysus, and the first Olympic stadium in Olympia.
One of the most magnificent structures in ancient Greece was the Parthenon. The Parthenon consisted of limestone and pentelic marble. Tired construction workers worked on building the Parthenon from 447 b.c to 432 b.c. The Greeks built and visited the Parthenon to honor the Greek goddess of wisdom, Athena pantheons. In the fifth century the ruler of Greece, Pericles, ordered his men to build the great temple. The Parthenon was built on top of the acropolis in Athens for all the Greeks to see. One of the main purposes was to hold a forty-foot state of the goddess Athena. This Greek work of art stood for over 2,500 years and was considered the most important temple in ancient Greek religion for nearly 1,000 years.
There were many interesting theaters in ancient Greece but one of the most spectacular was the theater of Dionysus. The special theater was built near the hill of acropolis and after thousands of years its ruins still remain. The theater of Dionysus is where ancient Greek drama was born. The theater is made out of stone and the front row consisted of pendelic marble and had of 67 thrones reserved for important guests and priests. Just like theaters today there was a pit in the front for the orchestra. The theater was dedicated to the Greek god of pleasure, Dionysus. Throughout the year the Greeks held many festivals one of which was the festival of Dionysian to honor the god Dionysus. During this festival the Greeks preformed and watched comedies in the theater of Dionysus. Although the Greeks did this to honor the gods it became a great source of entertainment.
Today we hold the Olympic games in many different locations but the original stadiums were in Olympia Greece. The Olympics were first recorded in 776bc but historians say they had been started much earlier. The games were held every four years and were held to honor their head god Zeus. During this ancient time period the men wore no clothing during the games so that nothing would interfere with their performance. Because of this women could not participate or even watch the games. Near the stadium was a temple that contained a 42foot statue, made of gold and ivory, of the god Zeus. During the games all wars were stopped and all the Greeks sacrificed their best animals. The games consisted of many events such as running, wrestling, and boxing, horse racing, and chariot racing. The stadiums held over 45,000 people from all over Greece.
Ancient Greece has some of the most fascinating buildings and landmarks in the world! The Parthenon was considered the most important temple in Greek religion for nearly 1000 years. This temple to Athenian was built to honor the god asthenia and stood on the hill of acropolis for all the Greeks to see. The theater of Dionysus was built to honor the god Dionysus and was where Greek drama was born. Today the Olympics are very advanced, but the original Olympics were started in Olympia. The games were created to honor the head Greek god Zeus. The ancient Greeks had a very advanced culture and their landmarks and buildings are some of the most fabulous in all mankind!
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