The Austrian Parliament Building reflects the Golden Age of Greece from around 500 to 300 BC. The templelike design of architect Theophil Hansen is exceptional. Massive Corinthian columns frame the entrance. The pediment showcases allegorical carvings resembling an ancient royal court attended by cherubs. Along the roofline are 76 marble statues. In the corners are griffons (half-lion, half eagles) and quadrigas (horse-driven chariots) with Nike, the goddess of victory. The dominant figure is the 18 foot statue of Athena, the goddess of wisdom and war. Her most characteristic features – helmet, spear, Gorgoneion chest plate and miniature of Nike standing on an orb – are all gilded.