Athens is the city of great goodness, which causes many associations at the heart of every antique history admirer.
It is the city, the state which scheduled the development path of all European civilization for many centuries forward. A great number of things, without which we can’t imagine our modern life, appeared exactly here first.
But Athens today is shabby, stagy and alarming city with empty eyes of dark windows and nailed-up doors, splattered with graffiti and overcrowded with “fair-faced” immigrants. Poverty and decadence are everywhere in spite of all efforts to dolly it up and decorate. Though, Athens is worth to be visited, one-time at least, to look…
not even at Parthenon, which still looks proudly at this messy bazaar around it.
The Turks made here ammunition store (!!) hoping, that Venetians will not shoot. But they did it!
The British took out to the British Museum almost every piece. The Greeks require their heritage back – like, they were robbed!… But may be, you were rescued? You couldn’t even find your Holy City Delphi (did you try, at least?), as long as the French did it…
And even not for the super-theatre, which is old, gray and magnificent, as a wise monk. What a lot of fates it looked on…
… and not even for the tiny pieces of sites which meet around the city – terms, libraries, halls, water pipes – archaeological museum under the open sky.
… and not even for the powerful remains of the Temple of Zeus Olympic, – one’s jaw dropped when coming there. Only these two columns are enough to understand: it was great CIVILAZATION, … but not today.
A stock of vulgar tiny houses gang around and rabbit together, it crowds, yelping, – it wants to get a territory, but scared.
… and not even for terrible ballet, which is performed by forced comedians against the walls of the Royal Palace. Oh, Jeez, what mushrooms does the producer of this show take?!
One should at any cost look at Athens Archaeological Museum and Binaki Gallery.
The Greeks were finally managed to save some evidences of their former majesty and we are very grateful for this. It is required to spend at least one day at the Archaeological Museum. You should walk there slowly, enjoy and be inspired with OUR common history. Do you think piggy-bank was invented nowadays? It sounds like false. It was invented more than four thousand years ago!
What about frying pan? Do you think it is modern thing? Here it is.
The collection of various vases, amphorae and vessels in museum is just admirable. And not only because of its amount, but mostly because of skills and fantasy. The amateur or the student of fictile art which is considered to be rather honored profession erst should spend there more than one day.
In this stage one has a sudden feeling of approaching to the Pearl of all museum.
It seems that it was placed like this intentionally. In order not to appeared here from round the corner, but beginning slowly realize, that you are becoming closer to the shadow-figure, which is unspeakably familiar … since childhood. What is this in it? Nothing special. It is one of great number of antique statues … but the talent makes any work the way it becomes the masterpiece, even if there is no any features of it. This is a real masterpiece!
You can visit unfortunate Athens only with one purpose – to see this statute.
And what about memorial headstones? It does not give any cue on death.
Work in bronze. Have you ever seen modern monuments? Let’s make a comparison. Don’t you think that for 4 000 years we have not been drawn out, but took a step back, especially concerning this skill, at least?
One probably can speak about Classical Greek sculpture for hours…