In keeping with the splendour of the temples on the summit of the Acropolis was the propyla, or great entrance, already mentioned.
Neither the number of the propyla nor of the sphinxes is determined by any rule.
One of the propyla is entirely of granite, adorned with the most finished hieroglyphics.
Just outside the propyla was the small temple of Wingless Victory.
Already the incense was burning, already the cypress had been placed before the propyla of the Palatine.
The great temple stands on the very summit of the Acropolis, elevated far above the propyla and the surrounding edifices.
They were generally placed in pairs at the entrances of temples, on each side of the propyla.
The base of its pedestal is still shown on the Acropolis between the propyla and the Erechtheum.
Beyond these propyla, and filling the end of a third court, the palace proper appeared in its formidable majesty.
It faced the propyla and was much admired, being regarded as a proof how art can add to the nobility of noble men.