This is the real showpiece, Zeus. I had to find out what was inside this building the same way I wanted to know what the Parthenon was keeping inside. I researched and it’s all relative, huge temple and a huge statue. I can’t compare it to what we have today. I’ve been to Europe and China. I’m on the lookout.
I learned that a sculpture of Zeus was inside the temple, called the Chryselephantine (carved from ivory, the ivory was soaked in a liquid that made it softer, so it was probably both carved and shaped as necessary) then covered with gold plating (thus chryselephantine) and was seated on a magnificent throne of cedarwood, inlaid with ivory, gold, ebony, and precious stones. Statue was approximately 43 feet high. (Online Olympia, Greece)
This is how the Temple of Zeus looked like in ancient Greece. One of a few versions of the temple. Yes, it has color. My mind just expanded.
Photo source: Online Olympia, Greece
I had to give you a model of what the Phileppion used to look so you can imagine and see it in your mind … the steps we take and the memories we have of the locations and cultures of the mighty ancient Greece.
Yes, ancient buildings had color.
Photo Source: Online Olympia, Greece
The temple itself is a protective home for the real showpiece, the cult statue of Zeus. This statue of Zeus, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
I learned that a sculpture of Zeus was inside the temple, called the Chryselephantine (was carved from ivory ( the ivory was soaked in a liquid that made it softer, so it was probably both carved and shaped as necessary) then covered with gold plating (thus chryselephantine) and was seated on a magnificent throne of cedarwood, inlaid with ivory, gold, ebony, and precious stones. Statue was approximately 43 feet high. Magnificent! (Online Olympia, Greece)
The photo is the ruins of what was once a massive building.
I’m back … it has been a very busy few months. I had a medical tune-up and so to speak – balancing from head to toe. X-rays, MRI, CAT scan, Psyc Eval has been part of it.
Well, let’s continue from where I left off (July 2017) in the western part of Greece. Part of our Best of Greece tour is the Museum of Olympia (will discuss in future) and then to the archaelogical site. The photo is called The Philippieion, a circular building of religious and political significance. The building contained gold and ivory statues commemorating the kings and their victories in 338 BC.
I learned that on occasion of the Athens Olympic Games of 2004, the Berlin Museum returned ten of the building’s architectural members (fragments of the base and columns, a Corinthian capital, part of the marble gutter with a lion’s head water-spout, and a marble roof-tile) for its restoration. . [German archaeologists began excavating at Olympia around 1829.]
I wonder why are Greece’s treasures at the Berlin Museum?
The best photo of THE BLOOD MOON as seen from Catanduanes, Philippines located in the Luzon province in the Philippines.
The province comprises Catanduanes Island, the Panay Island, Lete Island, Palumbanes group of islands.
A record of “Philippines Birding Trip Reports” has found out massive bird species in several portion of the island.
Catanduanes coast is one of the best spots for flying fish population.
Palumbanes (province satellite group of islands) has beaches with fine yellowish-white sand.
I browse through blogs from WordPress and Discover every day. I blog because I found a forum where it’s a quiet setting – it’s me, my mind, heart and my laptop and out there in the blogosphere there are persons that want to be touched – mind, heart and make them smile. More importantly the reason is to feed my mind of the new and share my creativity of the current and new.
See, I practice what I preach. I want short readable material, maybe a caption, an interesting description, photos of flora and fauna … nature, animals and sensible poems. I love to read non-fiction biographies and memoirs. The individual’s goals, dreams, fears, illness, death and it’s causes. LIFE Not to be morbid, it is a fact of life.
My current read is Crime Scene Inc. A company that cleans up suicide, accidents, and death from natural causes. Very interesting. Cleaing up brain
matter … STOP.
I love to watch TV, movies and travel (because I do travel specially internationally and visit big and small towns of the Best of _____, (fill out with a European country), restaurants and buy souvenirs and my finances is quite generous, millenial stuff and black slang and dance. I AM JUST CURIOUS. But I hate small talk. The haters I ignore. The Bible dropping verse chain letters and the “I nominate this person to send a photo of Bffs” thead. People who say, “I am so blessed because I got a promotion.” Yeah! and the rest aren’t. What about a poor family who feels blessed because the husband found a job? That is real blessing.
And those that make fun of a physical deformity, a dysfunction … A blogger wrote a piece about individuals with a sizable mole (like a pimple) on their face (in the middle of the nose) and made fun of it. I wrote back to educate blogger TwoBeesinaBlog and I didn’t get a response. I educated them about their ignorance and insensitivity. IT WAS WRONG.
Everyone has a point of view and opinion . It’s RESPECT even if you do not agree. I just have a few followers but I give them cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory, the best.
I’m taking you to the inner north east city of Greece. Only a good travel company can take you to it whether suburb or rural.
On the crest of a very high mountain is the Palamidi Fortress. The fortress commands an impressive view over the city. There is a way to brave the walk, climb or to make the 999 steps from the town to the top of the castle. Make sure you brought along your personal high blood pressure monitor device.
Our tour guide gave us an hour to walk around the city. But one lady who travelled by herself braved the steps to the top of the castle in 15 minutes and back. Whew !!! I’d rather watch her.
While in the city of Nafplio my husband and I walk the narrow streets, stop for a gelato, stroll along the waterfront, and at a distance we observe the Bourtzi water castle located in the city’s harbor.
This castle has so much history starting from Venetians completing its fortifications in 1473, lost it to the Turks, and Greeks regaining it in 1822. Then in 1865, served as a fortress, then transformed into residence of executioners of convicts.
It became a hotel from 1930 to 1970 and now mainly a tourist attraction. The city has preserved it’s aesthetic beauty and some parts are under construction.
It’s what a mini water castle would look like in my mind. I really will not need 22 rooms.
Nafplio is a seaport town in the Peloponnese region of Greece. It’s so refreshing to see water. The past few days were mostly on land. We strolled along a beautifully kept waterfront promenade, the wind rushing on my face, a visual feast of a place with interesting shops and exceptional restaurants.