Greece Acropolis Museum

Jun 21, 2009, 17:13 PM IST
French-Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi stands beside a 6th century B.C. statue of a young woman, or kore, at the new Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece, on Saturday June 20, 2009. The 130 million euros ($180 million) museum opened Saturday, which was designed by Tschumi, provides an airy setting for some of the best surviving works of classical sculpture that once adorned the Acropolis.
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French-Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi stands beside a 6th century B.C. statue of a young woman, or kore, at the new Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece, on Saturday June 20, 2009. The 130 million euros ($180 million) museum opened Saturday, which was designed by Tschumi, provides an airy setting for some of the best surviving works of classical sculpture that once adorned the Acropolis.

Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen, left, and his fiancee Sirkka Mertalathe arrive at the new Acropolis museum during the opening ceremony in Athens on Saturday, June 20, 2009. The 130 million euros ($180 million) museum provides an airy setting for some of the best surviving works of classical sculpture that once adorned the Acropolis.
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Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen, left, and his fiancee Sirkka Mertalathe arrive at the new Acropolis museum during the opening ceremony in Athens on Saturday, June 20, 2009. The 130 million euros ($180 million) museum provides an airy setting for some of the best surviving works of classical sculpture that once adorned the Acropolis.

Officials and guests view the exhibits as they visit the new Acropolis museum during the opening ceremony in Athens on Saturday, June 20, 2009. The 130 million euros ($180 million) museum provides an airy setting for some of the best surviving works of classical sculpture that once adorned the Acropolis.
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Officials and guests view the exhibits as they visit the new Acropolis museum during the opening ceremony in Athens on Saturday, June 20, 2009. The 130 million euros ($180 million) museum provides an airy setting for some of the best surviving works of classical sculpture that once adorned the Acropolis.

Officials and guests visit the new Acropolis museum during the opening ceremony in Athens on Saturday, June 20, 2009. The 130 million euros ($180 million) museum provides an airy setting for some of the best surviving works of classical sculpture that once adorned the Acropolis.
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Officials and guests visit the new Acropolis museum during the opening ceremony in Athens on Saturday, June 20, 2009. The 130 million euros ($180 million) museum provides an airy setting for some of the best surviving works of classical sculpture that once adorned the Acropolis.

Officials stand in front of the Caryatids, and are reflected at right, during the official opening ceremony of the new Acropolis museum in Athens on Saturday, June 20, 2009. The 130 million euros ($180 million) museum provides an airy setting for some of the best surviving works of classical sculpture that once adorned the Acropolis.
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Officials stand in front of the Caryatids, and are reflected at right, during the official opening ceremony of the new Acropolis museum in Athens on Saturday, June 20, 2009. The 130 million euros ($180 million) museum provides an airy setting for some of the best surviving works of classical sculpture that once adorned the Acropolis.

A security employee stands in front of a sculpture during the official opening ceremony of the New Acropolis Museum in Athens on Saturday, June 20, 2009. The 130 million euros ($180 million) museum provides an airy setting for some of the best surviving works of classical sculpture that once adorned the Acropolis.
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A security employee stands in front of a sculpture during the official opening ceremony of the New Acropolis Museum in Athens on Saturday, June 20, 2009. The 130 million euros ($180 million) museum provides an airy setting for some of the best surviving works of classical sculpture that once adorned the Acropolis.

A security employee passes the Caryatids during the official opening ceremony of the New Acropolis Museum in Athens on Saturday, June 20, 2009. The 130 million euros ($180 million) museum provides an airy setting for some of the best surviving works of classical sculpture that once adorned the Acropolis.
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A security employee passes the Caryatids during the official opening ceremony of the New Acropolis Museum in Athens on Saturday, June 20, 2009. The 130 million euros ($180 million) museum provides an airy setting for some of the best surviving works of classical sculpture that once adorned the Acropolis.

A security employee passes the Caryatids during the official opening ceremony of the New Acropolis Museum in Athens on Saturday, June 20, 2009. The 130 million euros ($180 million) museum provides an airy setting for some of the best surviving works of classical sculpture that once adorned the Acropolis.
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A security employee passes the Caryatids during the official opening ceremony of the New Acropolis Museum in Athens on Saturday, June 20, 2009. The 130 million euros ($180 million) museum provides an airy setting for some of the best surviving works of classical sculpture that once adorned the Acropolis.

Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, far left, with his wife Natassa, in centre foreground, pass a statue during the official opening ceremony of the new Acropolis museum in Athens on Saturday, June 20, 2009. The 130 million euros ($180 million) museum provides an airy setting for some of the best surviving works of classical sculpture that once adorned the Acropolis.
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Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, far left, with his wife Natassa, in centre foreground, pass a statue during the official opening ceremony of the new Acropolis museum in Athens on Saturday, June 20, 2009. The 130 million euros ($180 million) museum provides an airy setting for some of the best surviving works of classical sculpture that once adorned the Acropolis.

Journalists tour the new Acropolis museum in Athens on Friday, June 19, 2009. Greece opens its long-anticipated new Acropolis Museum Saturday, boosting its decades-old campaign for the return of 2,500-year-old sculptures removed from the ancient citadel by a 19th century British diplomat. After years of delays and legal wrangling, the museum opens its doors to the public on Sunday at a nominal 1 Euro ($1.40) charge the price of a public bus ticket.
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Journalists tour the new Acropolis museum in Athens on Friday, June 19, 2009. Greece opens its long-anticipated new Acropolis Museum Saturday, boosting its decades-old campaign for the return of 2,500-year-old sculptures removed from the ancient citadel by a 19th century British diplomat. After years of delays and legal wrangling, the museum opens its doors to the public on Sunday at a nominal 1 Euro ($1.40) charge the price of a public bus ticket.

Greek Culture Minister Antonis Samaras prepares to fit a small marble head of the goddess Iris into position on the 2,500-year-old Parthenon frieze, during the lavish opening ceremony on Saturday, June 20, 2009, for the new Acropolis Museum in Athens, where Greece hopes one day to display the Elgin, or Parthenon sculptures now in the British Museum. The tiny marble head was until recently among the collections of the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. The 130 million euros ($180 million) museum provides an airy setting for some of the best surviving works of classical sculpture that once adorned the Acropolis.
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Greek Culture Minister Antonis Samaras prepares to fit a small marble head of the goddess Iris into position on the 2,500-year-old Parthenon frieze, during the lavish opening ceremony on Saturday, June 20, 2009, for the new Acropolis Museum in Athens, where Greece hopes one day to display the Elgin, or Parthenon sculptures now in the British Museum. The tiny marble head was until recently among the collections of the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. The 130 million euros ($180 million) museum provides an airy setting for some of the best surviving works of classical sculpture that once adorned the Acropolis.

Journalists tour the new Acropolis museum in Athens on Friday, June 19, 2009. Greece opens its long-anticipated new Acropolis Museum Saturday, boosting its decades-old campaign for the return of 2,500-year-old sculptures removed from the ancient citadel by a 19th century British diplomat. After years of delays and legal wrangling, the museum opens its doors to the public on Sunday at a nominal 1 Euro ($1.40) charge the price of a public bus ticket.
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Journalists tour the new Acropolis museum in Athens on Friday, June 19, 2009. Greece opens its long-anticipated new Acropolis Museum Saturday, boosting its decades-old campaign for the return of 2,500-year-old sculptures removed from the ancient citadel by a 19th century British diplomat. After years of delays and legal wrangling, the museum opens its doors to the public on Sunday at a nominal 1 Euro ($1.40) charge the price of a public bus ticket.

Visitors tour the new Acropolis museum in Athens on Sunday, June 21, 2009. The Acropolis Museum opened its gates today to the first visitors who came to see the more than 4,000 exhibits on display, including those parts of Parthenon`s marble frieze not held by the British Museum in London.
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Visitors tour the new Acropolis museum in Athens on Sunday, June 21, 2009. The Acropolis Museum opened its gates today to the first visitors who came to see the more than 4,000 exhibits on display, including those parts of Parthenon`s marble frieze not held by the British Museum in London.

Visitors admire a sculpture at the new Acropolis museum in Athens on Sunday, June 21, 2009. The Acropolis Museum opened its gates today to the first visitors who came to see the more than 4,000 exhibits on display, including those parts of Parthenon`s marble frieze not held by the British Museum in London.
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Visitors admire a sculpture at the new Acropolis museum in Athens on Sunday, June 21, 2009. The Acropolis Museum opened its gates today to the first visitors who came to see the more than 4,000 exhibits on display, including those parts of Parthenon`s marble frieze not held by the British Museum in London.

Officials and guests view the exhibits as they visit the new Acropolis museum during the opening ceremony in Athens on Saturday, June 20, 2009. The 130 million euros ($180 million) museum provides an airy setting for some of the best surviving works of classical sculpture that once adorned the Acropolis.
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Officials and guests view the exhibits as they visit the new Acropolis museum during the opening ceremony in Athens on Saturday, June 20, 2009. The 130 million euros ($180 million) museum provides an airy setting for some of the best surviving works of classical sculpture that once adorned the Acropolis.

Visitors admire the sculptures at the new Acropolis museum in Athens on Sunday, June 21, 2009. The Acropolis Museum opened its gates today to the first visitors who came to see the more than 4,000 exhibits on display, including those parts of Parthenon`s marble frieze not held by the British Museum in London.
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Visitors admire the sculptures at the new Acropolis museum in Athens on Sunday, June 21, 2009. The Acropolis Museum opened its gates today to the first visitors who came to see the more than 4,000 exhibits on display, including those parts of Parthenon`s marble frieze not held by the British Museum in London.

A visitor to the new Acropolis museum stands behind the Caryatids, female figures used instead of pillars, in Athens on Sunday, June 21, 2009. The empty space in front of the visitor denotes the absence of a Caryatid now on display at the British Museum in London. The Acropolis Museum opened its gates today to the first visitors who came to see the more than 4,000 exhibits on display, including those parts of Parthenon`s marble frieze not held by the British Museum.
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A visitor to the new Acropolis museum stands behind the Caryatids, female figures used instead of pillars, in Athens on Sunday, June 21, 2009. The empty space in front of the visitor denotes the absence of a Caryatid now on display at the British Museum in London. The Acropolis Museum opened its gates today to the first visitors who came to see the more than 4,000 exhibits on display, including those parts of Parthenon`s marble frieze not held by the British Museum.

A visitor to the new Acropolis museum stands behind a fragment of the Parthenon`s marble frieze in Athens Sunday, June 21, 2009. The bronzed original sculptures stand in contrast to the white replicas of the part of the frieze now displayed in the British Museum in London and which Greece wants repatriated. The Acropolis Museum opened its gates Sunday to the first visitors who came to see the more than 4,000 exhibits on display.
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A visitor to the new Acropolis museum stands behind a fragment of the Parthenon`s marble frieze in Athens Sunday, June 21, 2009. The bronzed original sculptures stand in contrast to the white replicas of the part of the frieze now displayed in the British Museum in London and which Greece wants repatriated. The Acropolis Museum opened its gates Sunday to the first visitors who came to see the more than 4,000 exhibits on display.

Journalists walk amongst statues during a tour of the new Acropolis museum in Athens on Sunday, June 21, 2009. Greece opens its long-anticipated new Acropolis Museum Saturday, boosting its decades-old campaign for the return of 2,500-year-old sculptures removed from the ancient citadel by a 19th century British diplomat. After years of delays and legal wrangling, the museum opens its doors to the public on Sunday at a nominal 1 Euro ($1.40) charge the price of a public bus ticket.
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Journalists walk amongst statues during a tour of the new Acropolis museum in Athens on Sunday, June 21, 2009. Greece opens its long-anticipated new Acropolis Museum Saturday, boosting its decades-old campaign for the return of 2,500-year-old sculptures removed from the ancient citadel by a 19th century British diplomat. After years of delays and legal wrangling, the museum opens its doors to the public on Sunday at a nominal 1 Euro ($1.40) charge the price of a public bus ticket.