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The Temple of Athena
Each Metal Earth model is laser etched in meticulous detail on one, two, or three 11 cm (4.33") metal sheets. Pop out the pieces by hand (or use wire cutters to get especially crisp lines), bend the tabs using needle-nose pliers, and fit them together as shown in the simple pictorial instructions. Metal Earth models are a little less challenging than our 3D wooden puzzles, but you do need some patience and dexterity because they're also much smaller. For maximum dramatic effect, display your model on the LED Display Base or the Solar Spinner (sold separately, see the Related Products tab).
The Parthenon is a challenging Metal Earth model. It consists of 41 pieces on three sheets of metal.
Please note that Metal Earth models have sharp edges and are not suitable for small children. Metal Earth was originally called MetalWorks.
Are you curious...?
The Athenians started building this temple to their patron goddess at the height of their empire's power. The Parthenon replaced an earlier temple to Athena that the Persians destroyed in 480 BC. Embodying the apex of Greek civilization, the Parthenon came to symbolize Athenian democracy and Western civilization and has inspired countless other buildings over the milennia. The building did suffer some indignities over the centuries, starting with its conversion to a Christian church dedicated to the Virgin Mary in the 5th century AD. It became a mosque after the Ottoman conquest in the 1460s and was nearly destroyed when an ammunition dump inside the building blew up in 1687. The Ottomans allowed the British Earl of Elgin to remove some of the surviving sculptures (now called the Elgin Marbles) to the British Museum in 1816.