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To a great extent, the Parthenon has been preserved in excellent condition for more than 2.000 years. A fire, possibly in the 2nd century AD, caused damage to the building and the statue of the goddess Athena made of ivory and gold. During the war between the Ottomans and the Venetians, more specifically on Friday 26 September 1687 at 19:00, a Venetian lieutenant succeeded in hitting the roof of the ancient temple that the Ottomans had been using to store ammunition. The cannon ball fell through the roof into the ammunition and blew it up.













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