Δευτέρα, 29 Μαρτίου 2010

~ Stoa Of Attalos ~

Stoa of Attalos
The Stoa of Attalos (also spelled Attalus) is recognised as one of the most impressive stoæ in the Athenian Agora. It was built by and named after King Attalos II of Pergamon who ruled between 159 BC and 138 BC.
Typical of the Hellenistic age, the stoa was more elaborate and larger than the earlier buildings of ancient Athens. The stoa's dimensions are 115 by 20 metres wide and it is made of Pentelic marble and limestone. The building skillfully makes use of different architectural orders. The Doric order was used for the exterior colonnade on the ground floor with Ionic for the interior colonnade. This combination had been used in stoas since the Classical period and was by Hellenistic times quite common. On the first floor of the building, the exterior colonnade was Ionic and the interior Pergamene. Each story had two aisles and twenty-one rooms lining the western wall. The rooms of both stories were lighted and vented through doorways and small windows located on the back wall. There were stairways leading up to the second story at each end of the stoa. The building is similar in its basic design to the Stoa that Attalos' brother, and predecessor as king, Eumenes II had erected on the south slope of the Acropolis next to the theatre of Dionysus. The main difference is that Attalos' stoa had a row of rooms at the rear on the ground floor that have been interpreted as shops
The stoa is identified as a gift to the city of Athens for the education that Attalos received there. A dedicatory inscription on the architrave is engraved as built by Attalos II, ruler of Pergamon from 159 BC to 138 BC.
The stoa was in frequent use until it was destroyed by the Heruli in 267. The ruins became part of a fortification wall, which made it easily seen in modern times. In the 1950s, the Stoa of Attalos was fully reconstructed and made into the Ancient Agora Museum, with funding donated by the Rockefeller family. The building is particularly important in the study of ancient monuments because the reconstruction of 1952 - 1956 faithfully replicates the original building.
The ceremony of the signing of the 2003 Treaty of Accession of 10 countries - Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia - to the European Union was conducted in the Stoa of Attalos on 16 April 2003.
Museum of the Ancient Agora
The Stoa of Attalos houses the Museum of the Ancient Agora. Its exhibits are mostly connected with the Athenian democracy. The collection of the museum includes clay, bronze and glass objects, sculptures, coins and inscriptions from the 7th to the 5th century BC, as well as pottery of the Byzantine period and the Turkish occupation.
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16 σχόλια:

Martha Z είπε...

Wonderful shot and very interesting history.

noel είπε...


thanks for sharing a little bit about your world today, thats a very beautiful scene of the gallery, i enjoyed reading about the history of this ancient monument.

Samson είπε...

Nice shot, interesting history indeed, thanks for sharing

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antigoni είπε...

Υπέροχη φωτο!!!
Καλό Πάσχα!!!

Denise είπε...

Fascinating post and a great photo, thank you.

Sylvia K είπε...

Wonderful history and a fantastic photo! I love Greece and love the memories of the time I spent there! Thanks for sharing both with us today! Have a great week!


J Bar είπε...

Amazing colonnade.
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Jenn είπε...

Love the perspective of the columns! Great info too. Greece is part of my list of must see so I hope to one visit your part of the world. Am totally fascinated by it. Happy weekend ahead.

LadyFi είπε...

Wow - just fabulous! Great perspective and so much history.

Ανώνυμος είπε...

πολύ όμορφη και εκαπιδευτική ανάρτηση. καταπληκτική φωτό

dimitil είπε...

Πολύ όμορφο"χτίσιμο" προοπτικής.
Πλήρης αξιοποίηση ενός υπέροχου φωτισμού.
Συνολικά,αναπομπή υψηλής αισθητικής!

Ανώνυμος είπε...

ευχαριστώ πολύ για τις ευχές.
είχαμε κάποια προβλήματα με το blog γι' αυτό ήταν κλειστό. είχε κι αυτό το δικό του πάρτυ.

Asteroid είπε...

Ισορροπημένη, στέρεα σύνθεση και υποδειγματική προοπτική!

Joyful είπε...

Beautiful perspective in the photo. thank you for sharing the historical information.

Benikos place είπε...

Tέλεια φωτο Γιώργο!!! την καλημέρα μας.

Gwendolyn L είπε...

Beautiful picture and great perspective. Thanks for sharing.

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