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    After dominating the skyline of Athens for almost 2,500 years, the Parthenon is in danger of total collapse.

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    After dominating the skyline of Athens for almost 2,500 years, the Parthenon is in danger of total collapse.

    The ancient temple, considered by many to be the world's greatest example of architecture, was completed in 438 B.C. In recent years, evidence has mounted to suggest that its days are numbered unless restoration begins soon.

    The Environmental Society of Greece recently warned that the marble on the Parthenon had suffered more in the past 25 years -- from atmospheric pollution, vibrations from overhead aircraft and the feet of millions of tourists -- than in the 25 centuries since its construction.

    Work has already begun to restore all the "marble wounds" in the temple and to re-enforce dangerous points to prevent the columns crumbling to pieces. All jet flights over the Acropolis have been banned.

    This is a temporary measure while a UNESCO Committee, in co-operation with Greek Archaeological Department, works out a full restoration programme for the Acropolis in a last effort to save the temples and monuments.

    A further dismaying report on the future of the Parthenon was recently issued by the Professor of Geology at Athens University, Mr. Iannis Trikallinos. He claims the temple is in danger of total collapse because of rifts and caves which honeycomb the whole Acropolis. He urged that they be filled with steel and concrete. Among the rifts found by Mr. Trikallinos is one running directly under the Parthenon.

    Ironically, much of the original marble carving from the Parthenon is safe from geological and atmospheric threats -- in the British Museum. It was removed by Lord Elgin at the beginning of the nineteenth century.

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