MOCpages : Share your LEGO® creations
LEGO models my own creation MOCpages toys shop Temple of Athena (Parthenon)Ancient
Welcome to the world's greatest LEGO fan community!
Explore cool creations, share your own, and have lots of fun together.  ~  It's all free!
Temple of Athena (Parthenon)
Inspired by the Parthenon of Athens, Greece
About this creation

All minifigs shown here were created using custom decals that I designed myself. Don't forget to check out my Decal Shop! Weapons, helmets, and shields by BrickForge.


(click some images to view full size!)



When LEGO came out with their Temple of Atlantis set, I knew what I had to do: buy two of them, and put all of those lovely new column pieces to better use. This Temple of Athena is the result.


Does the design look familiar? Well, yeah:



The Parthenon. Okay, this isn't a picture of the real Parthenon. This is a life-size replica of the Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee. I've visited it! The real Parthenon - the one in Athens, Greece - is a little worse for wear. Which stands to reason, since it's nearly 2,500 years old. To put things into perspective, that's over ten times as old as the United States of America.


Actually, the building stood almost entirely intact for over a thousand years, until the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire. The Ottomans had conquered Greece and turned the Parthenon into a mosque. Venetian forces fighting against the Ottomans bombarded the acropolis and ignited an ammunition cache the Ottomons had stored inside the great temple. Thus, in 1687, the Parthenon was reduced to its present ruined state by the careless destruction of war.



Now before you go nitpicking this creation: No, this is by no means intended to be a replica of the Parthenon. If so, it would be innacurate in more ways than I can count. This is just a Temple of Athena inspired by the Parthenon.


The roof tiles are from a LEGO Sports ice hockey rink. I always knew they'd come in handy someday, though I had to use Brasso polish to get the hockey rink lines off. It's the first time I've actually Brasso'd a LEGO piece, and all that polishing was quite a bit of work, even with help. It's not easy to rub those prints off!



Sorry about the odd tan-colored bricks scattered through the columns. I ran out of white ones. In the end, I used up every column piece I had on the creation except one! I made that one into a cake, Friends style, to celebrate.



Overall interior shot, with the roof removed. This may end up as part of a Wulfgard creation at some point. I've always wanted to put together one or more large Wulfgard cities. Hopefully this will someday be the Temple of Athena in Illikon...



Inside the Parthenon stood a massive statue of the goddess Athena, decorated in gold and ivory. In her hand she held a sculpture of Nike, the winged goddess of victory, that was as tall as a man. She was crowned with a golden helmet, ready for battle, with her spear and shield nearby, along with a giant snake, a very symbolic creature in Greek myths. I replaced Nike with an owl here because it's easier, and owls were also associated with Athena. Also they're cute. :3



The guard dudes flanking Athena here are from the two Temple of Atlantis sets I bought. They are the only minifigs in this creation that have not been customized with decals (although I did replace their tridents with Brickforge javelins).



I snuck my sister's Wulfgard minifig into the creation for her. Sir Draconius, the guy in the red-crested silver helmet, is attending whatever ritual is currently going on.



The snake is one of the weird vine pieces from the Atlantis of which this Temple was built. I thought it worked out pretty well.



The real Athena Parthenos (statue of Athena in the Parthenon) has been gone for centuries, but the replica created for the Parthenon in Nashville, based on classical descriptions, is the tallest indoor statue in the Western world (over 41 feet tall).



Yes, the sculptures on the pediments are just decals. I'm sure there are more talented LEGO builders out there who could have come up with ingenous designs for those tiny minifigs and horses. Sadly I'm not so clever, so I am forced to fall back on my 2-dimensional artistic ability and draw simple stickers to do the job. The design shows Athena fighting with Poseidon for the favor of the people.



Close-up of some of the minifigs. For close-ups of the soldier minifigs, check out this page.



All minifigs shown here were created using custom decals that I designed myself. Don't forget to check out my Decal Shop!




Comments

 I like it 
  March 29, 2012
Holy smokes! Beautiful, I'm in love with this theme now! Superb decals, overall marvelous work
 I like it 
  March 25, 2012
Very nice!Great job!:-))
 I like it 
  January 27, 2012
Some great stuff here, Dude! Your custom decals are perfect, especially the ones on the temple. Well done!
 I like it 
  January 23, 2012
You pretty much nailed it!
 I like it 
  January 23, 2012
Well done! One of my fav's!
 I made it 
  January 22, 2012
Quoting Shopaholic Girl This is incredible! Very good building. Lots of detail. Love the work you did. Did you design the mini figs?
Thanks! Yep, I designed the decals on all of them. The only minifigs here that I did not customize are the gold statue guys in the interior.
 I like it 
  January 22, 2012
(quoting shopaholic girl) nope, he didnt design the figs, just the (epic) decals
 I like it 
  January 22, 2012
This is incredible! Very good building. Lots of detail. Love the work you did. Did you design the mini figs?
 I like it 
  January 22, 2012
excellent build, as for the tan/white mix I thought it was planned as it looks so good.
 I like it 
  January 22, 2012
I'm a huge fan of greek mythology! You did an amazing job on this! The decals let the minifigs look very realistic!
Justin Saber-Scorpion Stebbins
 I like it 
The Crazy Forgoten One
  January 21, 2012
Very Very Well Built!
 I made it 
  January 21, 2012
Quoting Night Hawk _ Wow great build, the decals are great as always. Are you going to make Skyrim decals?
Yes, I am. ;)
 I like it 
  January 21, 2012
Wow great build, the decals are great as always. Are you going to make Skyrim decals?
 I made it 
  January 21, 2012
Quoting StoveTop Creator Wonderful! Athena is terrific. Do you know about the attention to perspective that the Parthenon builders used? :)
Indeed! Would that I could incorporate any of the mathematical genius of the ancient Greeks into my humble LEGO creation. :)
 I like it 
  January 21, 2012
The whole thing looks brilliant with the columns. Sir draconius would have to be the coolest historical minifig ever. The whole thing would look really nice if perched on a rocky hill but it still is really awesome
 I like it 
  January 21, 2012
I love it, especially the fronton, the decals are extremely detailed and fine, if I ever consider decals ...you're the man :P Some inner structure would have been nice but it looks good this way too, Keep it up.
 I like it 
  January 21, 2012
LOVE THIS!!! And yes, I hate how the Parthenon was blown up. Says alot about the Venetians and Ottoman's lack of respect for antiquity and Hellenic freedom. But we're free for now atleast. Got a link for ya, this Moc's got me at the front of the real thing. Been there three times and to be honest I felt like crying for a lost world when I was there. Cheers :)
 I like it 
  January 21, 2012
Nice, I especially like the statue design! Where did the huge white plates on the roof come from?
 I like it 
  January 21, 2012
Impressive decals and lovely architecture!
 I like it 
  January 21, 2012
i love your web page and u were the one that lead me to this web site this creation is awesome
 I like it 
  January 21, 2012
Love it!!!! Well done :)
 I like it 
  January 21, 2012
one word - epic
 I like it 
  January 21, 2012
That's just amazing. It must of taken a lot of time and effort to build something that awesome.
 I like it 
  January 21, 2012
When I saw this, my mouth fell open. And it is still, gotta get my jaw back in place. Amazing Scorp, amazing as always.
 I like it 
  January 21, 2012
Wonderful! Athena is terrific. Do you know about the attention to perspective that the Parthenon builders used? :)
 I like it 
  January 21, 2012
WOW just WOW amazing no word for such a great moc wow!!!!!5/5
 I like it 
  January 21, 2012
This is great Scorp; the decals are great as usual, and this is an awesome build overall. It's been a while since you've built something other than minifigs, but you did an awesome job. I'm really liking the Athena statue also.
 
By Justin Saber-Scorpion Stebbins
Add to my favorite builders

49
people like this. See who.

4,594 visitors
27 comments
Added January 21, 2012
 


LEGO models my own creation MOCpages toys shop Temple of Athena (Parthenon)Ancient


You Your home page | LEGO creations | Favorite builders
Activity Activity | Comments | Creations
Explore Explore | Recent | Groups
MOCpages is an unofficial, fan-created website. LEGO® and the brick configuration are property of The LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, own, or endorse this site.
©2002-2014 Sean Kenney Design Inc | Privacy policy | Terms of use