The new Acropolis Museum opened this weekend after a decade of wrangling about its design, architects and location. By all reports, the new museum is a success.
Located very close to the Acropolis, the new museum is spacious and included light and airy display areas that provide a fitting venue for its collection of treasures from the Acropolis. See the museum’s official website for information on its collections and visiting. For more information on Athens, see ThereArePlaces.
Of course, it is impossible for almost anything to happen in Greece without a controversy. In this case, it involves the Elgin Marbles that are part of the collection of the British Museum in London (see what the British Museum says about the controversy here. It appears that Lord Elgin, the British ambassador to Greece in 1811 received the permission of the Ottoman Turks (who then ruled in Greece) to take artifacts from the Acropolis to London, where the government purchased them from him several years later. For quite some time Greece has been arguing that the works should be returned to Greece and the British have demurred, indicating that Greece had no place to safely display them. What now?
Look here for our review of the British Museum and the British Library in London.
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