It continues to stand as a symbol in many ways: it is the symbol of democracy and the Greek civilisation.
It also symbolises the beginning of the Western civilisation and stands as the icon of European culture.
Today, the international community wants to reunite all of the Acropolis sculptures in Athens and restore both its physicality and meaning.
The Acropolis of the fifth century BC is the most accurate reflection of the splendour, power and wealth of Athens at its greatest peak, the golden age of Perikles.
Pottery sherds of the Neolithic period (4000/3500-3000 BC) and, from near the Erechtheion, of the Early and Middle Bronze Age, show that the hill was inhabited from a very early period.
The Parthenon was constructed between 447 and 438 BC and its sculptural decoration was completed in 432 BC.
In 1987 it was inscribed as a World Heritage Site (UNESCO, 1987).
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