It’s Thursday and that can mean only one thing – doors! However, today’s post is less about ‘doors’ and more about ‘doorways’.
One of the big surprises of our visit to Greece was the discovery that in many places, the ruins of Ancient Greece are being rebuilt … or restored … or however you may want to look at it.
This became apparent on our first day visiting the Acropolis. Gilles had been to Athens over 20 years ago on a business trip, and was surprised to discover that the Acropolis was much larger than he remembered. Considerable restoration had been completed in the interim.
The ‘scars’ from these rebuilds are evidenced by the differences in colour between the original stone and the required repair for a missing piece.
In many areas we had visited, seemingly random stones on the ground were actually numbered, and on one occasion I glimpsed a ‘map’ that showed where the future location of that stone would be placed. It reminded me of a giant jigsaw puzzle.
In my opinion, one of the most ambitious of these restorations was the Stoa of Attalos in the heart of Athens. It was rebuilt in the 1950s and now contains the Ancient Agora Museum.
Like all the restorations, the Stoa of Attalos was rebuilt as a replica of the original – at least as close to the original as the archaeologist studies can determine.
Canada’s history can be measured by only a couple of centuries and I get excited by restorations of our modestly ‘old’ buildings, so my head hurts trying to grasp the scope of restoring an ancient civilization that’s over 2 millennia old.
The word ‘magnificent’ just doesn’t come close.
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