The current remains of the Athenian Parthenon, are actually remains of the second Parthenon. Before 447 BCE, there was another smaller Parthenon. Unfortunately, this building was sacked and burned to the ground during the Persian attacks of 480 BCE. The Athenians built the new larger Parthenon on the same spot as the previous one. Interestingly, they buried the previous statues yet, reused certain materials for the construction of the new building.