Here’s another Official Postcrossing card from Germany – this time featuring a sight of Greece! Here is the Acropolis of Athens, Greece (Athens being the country’s capital). Greek architecture has always fascinated me in a sublime and mysterious way, and in an evening sky like this it’s just even more extraordinary. Before explaining, it’s important to state that Greece has a number of acropoleis (the plural term for acropolis), but because of this one being so popular, it’s often known simple as “The Acropolis”. So the Acropolis – literally meaning “city on the extremity” (or “highest point”) – is like a mini city. It’s where you can find the most commonly known landmark of the Acropolis, the Parthenon, which is a temple that was dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena. Other structures here include the Erechtheion Temple, the Propylaea Gate, and the Temple of Athena Nike. Back in the 13th century BCE, the Acropolis’ structures were made for the sake of warfare and defense. With it being at such an extremity, it was perfect for this purpose (such is the benefit of the high ground – even ask Obi-Wan Kenobi from Episode III). Some millennia later (5th century BCE) came the cool temples, which were actually built within a matter of around 50 years! The Parthenon only took about nine years, despite having to haul white marble from the Penteli quarries about 16 km away (oh, and having to somehow bring it up to such a high point). Athena must’ve been so proud! Lovely, lovely architecture, I’m enthralled by it! Thank you so much for sending this card to me!