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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Aug. 22, 2015: Approaching the Acropolis


The main entrance to the Acropolis in Athens, home of the Parthenon, is this stairway, leading through an entrance building called the Propylaea. It was built just after the Parthenon was finished, but its own construction, while nearly complete, was interrupted by the Peleponnesian wars with Sparta.

Today, despite its damaged state, it's still an impressive entrance to one of the world's architectural and historic icons. Well, we travelers are always impressed—but not the many free-range dogs and cats of Athens; in the picture below, it appears the "guard" is lying down on the job.



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