Travel Athens, Greece, Germany,Italy
Posted on Jun 27, 2013 by
I just read an article in The Greek-American Herald about the new Acropolis Museum. It opened in June with a lavish party. Fee: 1 euro till year end then 5 euros.
It’s 300 yards from the Parthenon and looks like a skewed stack of glass boxes with 150,000 square feet of exhibition space. It holds more than 4000 ancient works, many never before seen because of lack of space in the previous museum that sat atop the Acropolis hill.
The glass hall has a panoramic view of Athens and the Parthenon and displays the section of the frieze that Elgin left behind. It is joined to plaster casts of the 90 odd work in London. The brown patina of the original marble contrasts starkly with the bright white of the copies. Battle scenes are cut jaggedly in half, with the torsos and heads of warriors and horses in London and the legs in Athens. Other exhibits show returned works previously held at the Vatican, Germany and Italy.