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Propylaia

Date: built between 438 BC and 432 BC
Architect: Mnesikles

 

The Propylaia is an impressive building in itself, and was designed to draw admiration from those who walked through it. The gateway was built on two different levels because of the uneven ground.


A column capital from the Propylaia

The north wing contained painted panels, which is why it was called the Pinakotheke, meaning 'art gallery.'

Panel paintings were only really found in public buildings, and were rarely used to decorate people's homes.

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