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travel192 May 26th, 2008 02:18 PM

Parthenon Scaffolding
We are planning a trip to Greece in September. Is the Parthenon still under construction with scaffolding that obstructs the view-or has most of this been completed by now? Thanks.

sshephard May 26th, 2008 02:53 PM

I believe the scaffolding is still there - but it was inside the building the last time I was there. One tour guide told me prior to '04 that the scaffolding would be gone for the Olympics but I noticed in NBC's coverage of the Olympics that it was still there. One tour guide told our group that it would be there for 20 years.

Would you skip Athens or the Parthenon if the scaffolding was still there? I hope not - the building and the whole Acropolis are remarkable even with the work going on.

ms_go May 26th, 2008 03:04 PM

We were in Athens in late March and there is extensive scaffolding on the Parthenon.

cheryllj May 27th, 2008 12:33 PM

I just returned from a trip to Greece, and while there is scaffolding on the Parthenon, I would not say that it "obstructs the view" in any way. We found all of the Acropolis to be a spectacular site and well worth a few hours.

Heimdall May 27th, 2008 01:00 PM

Don't expect the scaffolding to <i>ever</i> be gone, and you won't be disappointed. :-)

ParadiseLost May 27th, 2008 01:36 PM

Heimdall, (for)ever isn't that long ya know.

I was 21yrs and living just outside of Athens when they put the crane up in the middle of the Parthenon.

And they just took it down this past last year...I'm 53 now :). Regards, Walter

amer_can May 27th, 2008 04:55 PM

It was still there last week when I left..Didn't even gp up as I had seen it sans scaffolding 30 years ago and the night lighting is wonderful from the Plaka. As to skipping the area don't..just look past the reconstruction..A day trip to Temple of Poisidon is interesting and the trip along the coast very beautiful. Save your money because it cost $$$$ in Greece as anywhere in Europe these days, Walk, walk walk in the Plaka..sights, smells and people!!! Couldn't get enough.. Have a good one...amer_can

Heimdall May 28th, 2008 12:30 AM

Walter, you are only 53, so there's still hope for you. As for me...? :-D

twoflower May 28th, 2008 04:30 AM

Is there STILL scaffolding at the Parthenon? It was there when we were, in 1992. When will they ever get it done!!??

Heimdall May 28th, 2008 04:47 AM

Well, I'll bet they used some sort of scaffolding when they started building it in 447BC, so who knows? ;-)

PalenQ May 28th, 2008 08:28 AM

I was there in 1969 and there was scaffolding on it same as today

Like they say in Italy about such scaffolding on facades

been there so long it's now considered to be part of the facade

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