The Central Archaeological Council of the Greek Ministry of Culture, better known by its initials KAS, authorized last week the restoration of some parts of the central chamber of the Parthenon. This room, also known as cella or naos, was the sacred part of the classical temples in which the statue to which it was dedicated was kept. In this case, it was the goddess Athena.
After approving the measure, which is estimated to be made over the next 15 years, the general secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Maria Andreadaki-Vlazáki He assured that not only a great part of the geometry of the building will be recovered, but also the identity and history of the monument, which will allow the visitor to have "a better understanding of its architecture". To carry out the reconstruction, they will be used 360 original ashlars, which were scattered around the temple, in addition to adding another 90 new marble Dionysus, a type of stone similar to the original. Always based on the proposal made by Charalambos Bouras, the architect who presided until his death in 2016 the Monument Conservation Committee of the Acropolis.
The historical polemic is revived after the most famous temple of the Athens of Pericles announced a deep reconstruction to recover its identity
The ambitious project talks about the recovery of the inner chamber. However, there are several voices that point to what promises to be the next step: the interior frieze that runs along the wall of the nave. A frieze that practically remained intact until the Italian sculptor Lord Elgin He separated the parts that he considered most beautiful. Those pieces ended up as one of the Caryatids of the Erechtheion, in the British Museum.
Now, the president of Greece has asked the British authorities to "liberate" the marbles of the Parthenon from his "dark prison" "We do not ask for the return of other cultural assets from abroad. We ask for the return of the sculptures so that the Parthenon can once again symbolize for man and for humanity what human art and civilization of that time, he intended to represent, "affirms the President of Greece, Prokopis Pavlopoulos.
Let the responsible of the British Museum make a comparison between the museum of light, which is the Acropolis, and the misty quarters of its museum "
To his statement, Pavlopoulos added that "let's let the people responsible for the British museum make a comparison between the museum of light, which is the Acropolis, and the misty quarters of its museum, where the sculptures of the Parthenon are preserved as booty. The booty of the sacking of tombs and the sacrilege of Lord Elgin. "
It is not the first time that the Greeks make this request, which intensified in 2009, after a new museum opened at the foot of the hill of the Acropolis. On the other hand, the British respond again and again to the same request alleging that they acquired the marbles "of legal form" to the Ottoman Empire.