Temple of Athena Nike
The Temple of Athena Nike is a small temple located on the Acropolis of Athens, Greece.
The Temple of Athena Nike is a small temple located on the Acropolis of Athens, Greece. It was dedicated to the goddess Athena Nike, who was the goddess of victory. The temple was built in the Ionic style and was completed around 420 BC, during the height of the Athenian empire.
The temple was designed by the architect Kallikrates and was built entirely of white marble. It stands on a platform that is about 8 meters high and has four columns on the front and back, and three on each side. The frieze of the temple depicts scenes of the gods and goddesses in battle and is considered one of the finest examples of classical Greek sculpture.
The temple of Athena Nike was not only a place of worship but also a symbol of Athenian power and military prowess. It was built to commemorate the victory of the Athenians over the Persians in the Battle of Marathon, and it was believed that the goddess Athena Nike had helped the Athenians to achieve this victory.
The temple has undergone several renovations and restorations over the years, including one by the Roman emperor Augustus in the 1st century BC.