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Parthenon is the developer name given to the arena of the 15th colossus.


A cobblestone plaza flanked by buildings on both sides. The huge structures are connected by three bridges, one of them broken. On the other side of the arena is a giant valley where the colossus climbs from.


The arena is located on the northeast side of the Forbidden Lands, inside the Desert Fortress, at quadrant G1.


  • In the preview version of the game, the theme Lakeside plays when first finding the arena.
  • Parthenon is named after the temple in Greece with the same name.
  • This stage seems to be based on Propylaea, the entrance to Acropolis of Athens; being strikingly similar in design.
  • Near the bottom of the valley that the colossus emerges from exists a massive cave-like hole that the player wouldn't normally see. It's unknown if it had any purpose at some point in development.
  • The E3 Demo version of the Parthenon has a major difference. The arena doesn't feature any of the platforms that the colossus needs to step on so they can used as a ramp, and instead has barricade-like objects blocking the stairs leading to the upper floors. It would need to destroy these barricades, clearing the way up.
    • Other minor differences include taller cliffs in the valley that the colossus emerges from with untextured trees at the other side, different-shaped pillars with a crude look, stairs at the entrance which were intact and extra structures at the end of the arena, near the valley.
  • The Secret Garden from the E3 Demo has a model extremely similar to the Parthenon. It's possible that models of Parthenon's test stage were used while designing the earlier versions of the garden.
  • The valley at the end of the Parthenon matches perfectly with the valley from the unused quadrant 'I1', suggesting that it was originally located at 'H1' and was moved one quadrant west at some point in development.
    • This is further supported by a screenshot from the CG World magazine showing the differences between a newer and older map, seen in the gallery below.


The Game Shadow of the Colossus ( Demo  · Pal Release  · Shadow of the Colossus HD  · PS4)
Characters Wander  · Agro  · Mono  · Dormin  · Emon
The Colossi I  · II  · III  · IV  · V · VI  · VII  · VIII  · IX  · X  · XI  · XII  · XIII  · XIV  · XV  · XVI
Unused Colossi ( Devil  · Evis  · Griffin  · Phoenix  · Roc  · Saru  · Sirius  · Spider  · Worm  · Yamori A  · Buffalo  · Quetzalcoatl)
Magic Sigil  · Hard Mode
Colossus Arenas Temple  · Proto  · Arena  · Kirin's Hill  · Canyon · Canossa  · Lakeside  · Underground  · Geyser  · Gravewind  · Leo's Cave  · Poseidon's Lake  · Desert  · Ruins  · Parthenon  · Sanctuary
Unused Arenas ( Badlands  · Cave  · Crater  · Devil's Plain  · Dune  · Hillock  · I1  · Labyrinth  · Sluice  · Stonehenge  · Valley )
The Forbidden Lands Shadow creaturesSave shrinesFruit treesWhite-tailed lizards

The Shrine of Worship
Umbral GladeStone Arch GorgeDried MarshNorthern SpanDesert FortressMisty FallsRavine EntranceHalf-moon CanyonWestern PlainRound Stone HillLair to the WestStone Bridge CliffCliff PathLair on the MesaWestern CapeArch Bridge PlainBlasted LandsAutumn ForestEastern BluffValley PlainSouthwestern CapeSouthern PlainGreen CapeThe Broken Seal

Soundtrack Roar of the Earth
Walkthrough Time AttackGolden Coins
Other media Nico  · Official artbook/guidebook  · Collectible figurines  · Film adaptation
Giantology campaign
Hoaxes Jebal-Barez skeletonTamil Nadu tsunami giantSulu Sea eel statuePolarneft conspiracySayre family vacation
Characters Eric BelsonCasper ShillingEd GuylerArkady SimkinBoris AtlasovAndrew and Ellie Sayre
Media Giantology podcasts (FirstInterview with Arkady SimkinThirdFourth) • IPICP memo
SotC Template CoverLogov2.png Walkthrough
Characters Wander  · Mono  · Agro  · Dormin  · Lord Emon  · Guards  · Shadow Creatures
Colossi I  · II  · III  · IV  · V · VI  · VII  · VIII  · IX  · X  · XI  · XII  · XIII  · XIV  · XV  · XVI
Locations The Forbidden Lands  · Shrine of Worship  · Colossus Arenas
Main Items Power-ups (Lizards · Fruit) · Weapons (Ancient Sword · Sword of the Sun · Queen’s Sword · Sword of Dormin · Bow & Arrow · Ancient Bow · Harpoon of Thunder · Life Sword) · Collectibles (Relics)
Gameplay Hard Mode  · Save shrines  · Time Attack  · Reminiscence Mode  · Watermellon  · Barrel
Media Roar of the Earth (OST)  · Official Art and Guide Book  · Nico Bonus DVD  · Film
Releases OPM Demo  · PS2 original  · PS3 remaster  · PS4 remake  · Credits
Early Builds Preview version  · PSU Preview version  · E3 Demo
Unused Content Unused Colossi  · Colossus Test Stages  · Unused Locations  · Beta Mountains  · Shadow of the Colossus Development Phases