The Propylaea of the Acropolis of Athens

The Propylaea was the gateway of the Acropolis of Athens, it is the first building which one encounters entering the Acropolis. The Propylaea was designed to be built in mixture of Ionic and Doric order but never was completed, because the Peloponnesian war. The marble which was used was Pentelic in conjunction with that of Elefsinas which is darker in color. The Propylaea of the classical era that visitors can admire until today, were built between 437 and 432 BC, and were designs of the architect Mnesicles. The first restoration was done by Nikolaos Balanos between 1909 and 1917, while the modern restoration began in 1982.