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Nikaia Antipolis . This is a funny tribute to two towns that I love, Nice (Nikaia) and Antibes (Antipolis), in the French Côte d’Azur, which where founded by Greeks… . During the VI Century BC, some colons from Greece founded the town of Nikaia Antipolis, somewhere on Mediterranean shore… An Acropolis was built in honour of Athena and a Great Colossus was built, the biggest ever built, bigger more than the Colossus of Rodes, to thank Athena, the Great Goddess, for her protection against the enemies... An aerial view of the Acropolis. You can see the Propylaea, monumental gates with columns, the main Temple and the Theatre. The entrance remembers the bow of the ship which transported the first colons The main Temple, which has exactly the same floor plan than the Parthenon in Athens, two cellas and 82 columns. It measures 100 x 46 studs Another view of the Propylaea The beautiful Corinthian Capitals An aerial view of the Theater, built following a classical Greek Theater plan It has three row of arcs… … and Minifigs can walk inside each gallery Today the Hoplites are spending time in various contests… … since the war is now finished, the soldiers come to Theater to support their companions There’s a lot of people inside too! Fighting contest… … and javelin trow A big statue of Zeus is standing outside the Acropolis An Eagle, his sacred animal, is on his right hand… … and a lightning on his left one, beware of the wrath of Zeus! I love this picture, it seems that the lightning is true! «My brothers, we must say stop to war, it costs too much money, they will increase taxes!» Are they in 2011? Well, story never changes! This old man lives like Diogenes, in a barrel, he doesn’t need anything else ! A market is just beside the Acropolis Some soldiers are going to the Temple to thank Athena for their victory «I want to engage in the army!» «Me too!» say those two men Market view A lot of goods are sold here… «Buy my spears, they are excellent!» «Hurry Mom, I wanna see the Hoplites at Theatre!» The Colossus of Athena : it is 57 bricks height «Holy Crap! She’s sooooooo big! » seems to say this Hoplite… … but it is his first time in Nikaia Antipolis! Athena likes in hands a owl, her sacred animal, symbol of wisdom A phylosophe is discussing with his disciples about the deep mysteries of life… … under an olive tree, the sacred tree of Athena A rear view of the Temple, built on a solid rock base The strong walls An Hoplite is refreshing himself in the fountain… … while another is resting on a bench The Temples has two cellas : the rear one holds the Treasury… … and the biggest one the statue of the Goddess The young victorious General is bringing a present to Athena, to thank her for his victory A priest is waiting for him A big torch is burning beside the Temple The Temple opens revealing the inside cellas The Treasury Cella The Statue of Athena People come to worship the Goddess Closer view of the statue made in Ivory and Gold «O Athena, great Goddess of wisdom and victory, let my husband come home safe from war!» The Statue occupies the whole height of the Cella Two priests worship Athena night and day… … and the doors of the Temple are always open Details of the Statue of Athena It tooked two months to complete this MOC. It is more than 50,000 bricks and small parts and 150 minifigs in all among which 100 Hoplites. Greek people have custom made waterslide decals. Credits go to : - Master Sean Kenney and its NYSE MOC for the Corinthian capitals, thank you Sean for all you do for us ! - for the Greek stickers models - Dave & John Xandegar, their Wizard Moc inspired my Zeus statue - all the MOCers who built Greek and Roman temples, thank to you all, your work inspired me a lot Thank you for your comments!

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