As most designers will tell you, simple and classic never goes out of style. And after 2500 years, the Temple of Athena Nike atop the Acropolis in Athens is still a rock-solid, gorgeous classic.
Athena was the patron saint of Athens, and there are three temples on the Acropolis built in her honor. The Nike Temple was built to recognize Athena’s help in bringing Athens victory in war.
Like many Greek ruins, it’s surprising that this temple still exists, given that it’s been assembled and reassembled THREE times. The original building dates to 425 BC; then 21 centuries later the Ottoman Turks decided they had a better use for the stone, so they tore it down.
After independence, the Greeks gathered up the parts (I’m sure this project had the archaeologists scratching their heads.), and put it back together. In 1935 it was taken down again, but the the repair and restoration wasn’t done very well, so over the past 10 years it has been meticulously disassembled, restored, and rebuilt.
Hopefully, the third time’s a charm, and The Temple of Athena Nike will stand for another 25 centuries.