Taking photos has never been easier, but what about sketching and drawing? Grab your tea or wine, your chocolates and cookies, take a look into my Uncovering Parthenon series.
I don’t “draw” through digital rendering. I draw with my hand, with a pencil and a pen on paper. It is a part of my slow travel idea. Okay, it is not my idea, many other people use the term slow travel, but I am one of those who believe it is a real deal. Slow travelling comes as opposed to instant travelling.
By valuing quality over quantity, such a traveller will choose to visit destinations where they can stay for longer, enjoying discovery or holidays. Instead of looking for a “city break”, they will remain in a city for two weeks. Instead of touring through 15 big cities in 15 days, they will choose to stay 15 days in a region with one bigger city and several smaller towns, combining natural and urban environments.
The definition of home
I consider Athens one of my homes, for some private reasons. Athens is a big city with an estimated number of about 4 million inhabitants. However, thanks to its unique position on the coast beneath the mountains, Athens gives you quite a natural feeling. Due to common earthquake concerns, there are no tall buildings in the city at all.
Even the feeling of looking at the Acropolis will make you look into the green, as that hill is surrounding by trees.
Here I come with the Parthenon Uncovered, one of #MySketchedTravels series. The beautiful ancient temple tells more stories than most of the buildings you will ever see. The most prominent building of the Acropolis of Athens just stands alone with its unique architecture and incredible engineering excelled over 2500 years ago.
It’s worth noticing that Acropolis dominates the landmarks of Athens. The city of mountains as some say, it has many viewing points. The massive built area looks like a sea between the hills, while the Acropolis stands above it as a sign of ancient brilliance.
All these views have their colours and shapes that change with the time of the day and year. Although the city is dominated by green and blue, I decided to add more colours. I did it step by step.
Colours are subjective, and not everyone sees them the same way. For that reason I decided to use a particular set of colours to show my view on the Parthenon from distance – uncovering Parthenon my own way.
Uncovering Parthenon from the distance
The term Acropolis (Ακρόπολη in Modern Greek) means “on the edge of the city”. It is not exclusive to Athens, but every Ancient Greek city had a kind of Acropolis. Their original purpose was military and defensive as they were fortifications. The Acropolis of Athens is also a sacred area, and Parthenon in particular was dedicated to the goddess Athena, who is obviously related to the city’s name.
My attempt to find all the details from the complex architecture. The idea behind the Uncovering Parthenon series is to provide an idea, from my imagination, about the original colours. Ancient buildings and statues were not white as we see them today, but painted. There are reconstructions of their possible colours, but here I just gave my own little idea about it.
Just before publishing this first episode of Uncovering Parthenon, I found this article about a fascinating new theory about Parthenon – but it is just a theory, of course.
This is the first episode of the Uncovering Parthenon series from My Sketched Travels initiative. Stay tuned for more.
i recommend you to check a previous #MySketchedTravels series, whose title is Lost Castles Tour.