|The new Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece|
The Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece, has opened its doors to the public.
The spectacular building is home to more than 4,000 works from the
ancient world, including parts of the sculptures that adorned the
The top floor of the museum is dedicated to the 2,500-year-old temple,
the ruins of which stand opposite. It has been deliberately designed to
highlight the missing sculptures currently held in the British Museum.
The so-called ‘Elgin Marbles’ were removed from the Parthenon in the
19th century by explorer Lord Elgin and taken to London. The opening of
the museum has reignited calls for Britain to hand them back to Greece.
200 visitors queued outside the museum ahead of its opening in a bid to be the first members of the public inside.
Admission to the museum is currently set at €1 (86p) but will rise to €5 (£4.28) later in the year.