The Temple of Athena Nike is the smallest structure on the Athenian Acropolis, but holds no less important than its neighboring shrines. Built to honor Athena Nike, the goddess of victory, the site upon which the temple was constructed has ceremonial roots that date back to the Bronze Age. When the newer, Classical temple was built in the fifth century B.C., it no doubt did double duty: it stood as a shrine to Athens’ patron goddess, and also acted as a symbol of Athens’ military and political strength.
The location of the Temple of Athena Nike is on the southwest corner of the Acropolis, adjacent to the Propylaia. The position of the temple, on a rocky projection of the outcropping, was particularly vulnerable to attack. The Mycenaeans constructed a wall there to supplement the natural citadel of the Acropolis, and began worshipping there.
With architect Kallikrates at the helm, the temple was to be a simple Ionic shrine, made of Pentellic marble, and included a prostyle porch with four columns on the front and back. It also was adorned with a sculptural frieze all around, as was customary in Greek temple construction. However, something delayed the construction, and it was not completed until around 420 B.C., built with Poros limestone and faced with marble. It was also surrounded by a sort of guardrail or parapet that would have kept Athenians and other visitors from falling off the Acropolis. This fortification was decorated with relief sculptures depicting various presentations of Nike.
Today, the Temple of Athena Nike can be seen on the Athenian Acropolis, in its restored state
The information was retrieved from the Ancient History Encyclopedia
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carlo62 (27798) 2014-04-06 13:32
dopo un tour in America Latina, si torna a casa con un pizzico di nostalgia.
Una versione B&w a cui non sei molto abituata, ma che si fa apprezzare per la bella scala di grigi.
COSTANTINO (51421) 2014-04-06 13:32
Hello my dear Eleni
this shot in sepia is the best choice for
today thanks for sharing with us this
wonderful Temple of Athena Nike shot
necessary for all of us who love
the Greek History
your notes explain everything and
are very useful
have a nice new week
photoray (10247) 2014-04-06 15:23
Attractive monochrome vertical view of Athena Nike, impressive for its Ionic columns still holding up its solid roof, and enhanced by your informative historical note.
Certainly the Acropolis deserves its crowds of visitors, and hopefully someday me...
Thanks for sharing,
pajaran (48543) 2014-04-06 22:15
Interesantan i dobar tekst o staroj arhitekturi, sa istorijom i opisom ...
Dobar snimak, ostrina i kontrast, lepo pokazan deo hrama.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepa arhitektura.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
An interesting and good article on the old architecture, the history and description of the ...
Good shot, sharpness and contrast nicely shown part of the temple.
Good work and composition, beautiful architecture.
Have a nice day, all the best in the new week that started.
jhm (135294) 2014-04-07 5:45
These old architecture remains always very nice.
Perspective and depth together with your composition makes the picture pleasant.
Lovely architecture picture with perfect details.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
ikeharel (52433) 2014-04-07 7:51
A history note that is most interesting, Eleni, and the place is amazingly holding with the big pillars throu the time past.
I see flash-lights, so I can only imagine how this monument looks at night time.
Fine choice of B&W, probably due to the bright daylight. Well done.
dip (23520) 2014-04-07 11:04
Γεια σου Ελένη,
πολύ ωραία Α/Μ φωτογραφία με εξαιρετική ευκρίνεια και φωτισμό,
μoυ αρέσει ο απλός μονολεκτικός τίτλος που διάλεξες,
πολιτιστική κληρονομιά του λαού μας...
cornejo (28129) 2014-04-07 11:39
Hola vecina Eleni, buena foto de esta interesante composición con este antiguo templo, muy bien captada en este interesante toma en blanco y negro, estupendo trabajo muy bien realizado, mis felicitaciones amiga mía, gracias por compartir.
Buena tarde y feliz semana.
Un cordial abrazo.
mirosu (12576) 2014-04-08 2:07
Monochrome captures the mood of this scene much more than color could. You have created a really strong composition with great light, excellently framed in portrait format.
The view from lover angle makes the temple majestic and dominant. The light is perfect, the light & shadow play superb.
Very well done.
ourania (26560) 2014-04-08 14:11
επέλεξες μια πολύ ωραία και ενδιαφέρουσα γωνία για να παρουσιάσεις τον αρχαίο ναό. Οι αρχιτεκτονικές γραμμές και λεπτομέρειες διαγράφονται μπροστά μας με εξαιρετική σαφήνεια. Αυτό που με ενθουσιάζει στη φωτογραφία σου είναι ο τρόπος που απέδωσες το φως και το παιχνίδι της σχεδόν διάφανης σκιάς πάνω στο μάρμαρο. Οι γκρίζοι τόνοι είναι απόλυτα ικανοποιητικοί και ελκυστικοί, κάτι που δεν είναι εύκολο να πετύχει κανείς με τις συγκεκριμένες συνθήκες φωτισμού. Συγχαρητήρια και ευχαριστώ!
Να είσαι καλά, καλό σου βράδυ,
abmdsudi (39716) 2014-04-08 16:51
An interesting and informative pre-narrative supported by what can only be described as architectural grandeur, extremely impressive archeological shot so much to admire and its history to illustrate this piece. The compo is great, like your shooting angle and viewpoint with bags subtle details I think you have befitted much from quality of bright light which suits mono conversion, warm light & shadows and tonal contrast. A striking shot with some other interests around to complement this capture so smoothly. A shot beyond reproach, Congrats and TFS
mesutilgim (80146) 2014-04-09 10:41
Hello dear Eleni,
Nice b&w capture from Athen's Nike temple with good layout.
TFS and best regards
jemaflor (80828) 2014-04-09 23:00
Une bonne mise en valeur de ce site et de ces colonnes avec cette version en N&B bon effet de contraste, bonne exposition.
Silvio1953 (116071) 2014-04-10 10:27
Ciao Eleni, gran bel bianco e nero che esalta la magnifica architettura classica, ottima nitidezza e splendida luce, bravissima, un abbraccio Silvio
fabianoleite (9371) 2014-04-10 15:25
Good choice for black and white. The contrasts are good, and the shadows make nice pictures, aligned with the beautiful columns and ancient anrchitecture. Very good work, congratulations!
Noel_Byrne (20902) 2014-04-11 13:27
The temple of one of the most iconic gods, and a beautiful conversion to black and white. This has brought out a beautiful play of light and shadow, and the detail is so fine. Lovely tones of grey too, and a great view to show these finely carved columns.
mcmtanyel (10591) 2014-04-18 21:21
Beautiful, tightly framed image looking all the more majestic in B&W. With crisp, clean lines and excellent light management, this depiction of classical majesty is a winner of hearts.