Restoring a ruin When the Acropolis Restoration
Project began 30 years ago, Manolis Korres and his colleagues could have chosen
to approximate the Parthenon's original state, adorning it with
sculptures and friezes, and painting it in vivid colors. Instead, they decided
to preserve what has survived for two and a half thousand years—a
majestic ruin, a witness to what we needlessly destroy, and the beauty and
perfection that we can create.