Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Minister of Culture Lina Mendoni, Director of the Acropolis Museum Nikos Stambolidis and President of the Acropolis Museum Dimitris Pantermalis took part in the ceremony to place the Fagana fragment in its place on the frieze of the Parthenon at the Acropolis Museum on Monday.
The symbolic and practical gesture made by the Autonomous Region of Sicily in the form of transferring a fragment that was part of the East Frisian of the Parthenon and has been in Palermo since 1818 gives hope for an encouraging course in efforts to return the Parthenon Frisians from London to Athens.
The fragment was returned to Greece for long-term storage for a period of eight years, with the prospect of remaining forever in its natural space, since the regional administration of Sicily requested from the central government in Rome a legal settlement of the issue through the Code of Cultural Heritage.
The issue is being considered in the context of the Committee for the Restoration and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, created under the Italian Ministry of Culture. “The efforts of the Greek government to achieve permanent reunification of all the sculptures of the Parthenon continue unabated,” said Greek Prime Minister Kiryakos Mitsotakis.
He also noted that the solution found in this case “proves that when there is a mood between museums, between the cultural authorities of the two countries, a mutually acceptable solution can be found.”