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Temple of Athena

All minifigs shown here were created using custom decals that I designed myself. Don't forget to check out my Decal Shop! Weapons, helmets, and shields by BrickForge.

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When LEGO came out with their Temple of Atlantis set, I knew what I had to do: buy two of them, and put all of those lovely new column pieces to better use. This Temple of Athena is the result.

Does the design look familiar? Well, yeah:

The Parthenon. Okay, this isn't a picture of the real Parthenon. This is a life-size replica of the Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee. I've visited it! The real Parthenon - the one in Athens, Greece - is a little worse for wear. Which stands to reason, since it's nearly 2,500 years old. To put things into perspective, that's over ten times as old as the United States of America.

Actually, the building stood almost entirely intact for over a thousand years, until the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire. The Ottomans had conquered Greece and turned the Parthenon into a mosque. Venetian forces fighting against the Ottomans bombarded the acropolis and ignited an ammunition cache the Ottomons had stored inside the great temple. Thus, in 1687, the Parthenon was reduced to its present ruined state by the careless destruction of war.

Now before you go nitpicking this creation: No, this is by no means intended to be a replica of the Parthenon. If so, it would be innacurate in more ways than I can count. This is just a Temple of Athena inspired by the Parthenon.

The roof tiles are from a LEGO Sports ice hockey rink. I always knew they'd come in handy someday, though I had to use Brasso polish to get the hockey rink lines off. It's the first time I've actually Brasso'd a LEGO piece, and all that polishing was quite a bit of work, even with help. It's not easy to rub those prints off!

Sorry about the odd tan-colored bricks scattered through the columns. I ran out of white ones. In the end, I used up every column piece I had on the creation except one! I made that one into a cake, Friends style, to celebrate.

Overall interior shot, with the roof removed. This may end up as part of a Wulfgard creation at some point. I've always wanted to put together one or more large Wulfgard cities. Hopefully this will someday be the Temple of Athena in Illikon...

Inside the Parthenon stood a massive statue of the goddess Athena, decorated in gold and ivory. In her hand she held a sculpture of Nike, the winged goddess of victory, that was as tall as a man. She was crowned with a golden helmet, ready for battle, with her spear and shield nearby, along with a giant snake, a very symbolic creature in Greek myths. I replaced Nike with an owl here because it's easier, and owls were also associated with Athena. Also they're cute. :3

The guard dudes flanking Athena here are from the two Temple of Atlantis sets I bought. They are the only minifigs in this creation that have not been customized with decals (although I did replace their tridents with Brickforge javelins).

I snuck my sister's Wulfgard minifig into the creation for her. Sir Draconius, the guy in the red-crested silver helmet, is attending whatever ritual is currently going on.

The snake is one of the weird vine pieces from the Atlantis of which this Temple was built. I thought it worked out pretty well.

The real Athena Parthenos (statue of Athena in the Parthenon) has been gone for centuries, but the replica created for the Parthenon in Nashville, based on classical descriptions, is the tallest indoor statue in the Western world (over 41 feet tall).

Yes, the sculptures on the pediments are just decals. I'm sure there are more talented LEGO builders out there who could have come up with ingenous designs for those tiny minifigs and horses. Sadly I'm not so clever, so I am forced to fall back on my 2-dimensional artistic ability and draw simple stickers to do the job. The design shows Athena fighting with Poseidon for the favor of the people.

Close-up of some of the minifigs. For close-ups of the soldier minifigs, check out this page.

All minifigs shown here were created using custom decals that I designed myself. Don't forget to check out my Decal Shop!

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