Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance
In it’s 2500 year history, the stones and ruins of the Acropolis have endured sacking by the Persians, a Venetian invasion, the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, countless earthquakes, the Black Death, 2 World Wars, the Industrial Revolution, urbanization, the 2008 collapse of the global economy, and much, much more.
I first visited the Acropolis in the summer of 1998, and remember not the ruins (which were much smaller and less imposing than I’d imagined them to be), but the insane crowds and frenetic whistle blowing of the site’s security. Their shrill attempts to manage the mob thwarting what should’ve been a mindful encounter with one of the world’s ancient spectacles.
Fortunately, our visit in the winter of 2010 was quite different, with few tourists around and no agitated guards in sight.
At last, my encounter with the Acropolis was quiet, peaceful and appropriately respectful.
Have you been to Athens and the Acropolis? What were your impressions?