Greece wants to borrow part of the Parthenon
Greece wants to mark is 200th anniversary of Independence by temporary taking back part of the Parthenon.
The marble frieze which used to belong to the former temple of goddess Athena is currently at the Louvre museum in Paris. Greece would like to borrow the piece back to mark its 200th Independence anniversary coming up in 2021.
According to the Greek news agency Ana, Prime minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis discussed the loan with French president Emmanuel Macron.
In exchange for the marble Frieze, The Louvre would receive a collection of bronze artefacts.
A Greek government official told Ana that it would be temporary exchange.
“The details will be worked out by the respective culture ministries. This is a temporary exchange,” he said.
Friezes, usually made out of marble or limestone, were used as decorative panels that mainly went on walls on doorways.
The ancient decorative pieces usually had specific meanings, in this case the marble panel depicts a mythical battle.