Buddha and the Parthenon are the great icons of East and West, gateways to freedom.
Buddha watches over all of Asia—in sculpture and sometimes in the faces of the people. Understand the source of your suffering; let go of craving; experience the dharma (the freedom); cultivate the path… as Stephen Bachelor translates.*
But to understand the Parthenon, you must go to Athens. Pictures do not convey its spirit, intelligence, weightless marble, hope, and promise. The artistry is superb, but it was guided by the vision of truth and proportion that underlies science and much of western civilization.
*Buddhism without Beliefs, Stephen Bachelor