National Geographic : 1956 Jan
45 Franc Shor Scaled the Propylaea to Capture This Spectacular View of Athena's Temple Pericles spent "a world of money," Plutarch wrote, to build this 5th-century B. C. shrine for Phidias' gold-and ivory statue of Athens' patron goddess. A thousand years after, the temple became a Christian church, later a mosque, then a Turkish powder magazine that exploded disastrously under Venetian bombardment. Colonnade on the left has been restored. Museums in London, Paris, and Athens house sculptures from pediment and frieze.