The Pope promised last year. The Vatican returned three pieces of the 2,500-year-old Parthenon sculptures to Greece as a “gesture of friendship”.
Marble statues have been in the papal collection and in the Vatican Museums for centuries.
Greece hopes this step will set an example for other institutions holding the Parthenon statues.
Chief among these institutions is the British Museum in England.
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About half of the original sculptures of the Parthenon are in the British Museum.
Although Greece demands the return of the sculptures, the museum management does not respond to this call.
The Parthenon temple in Athens, the capital of Greece, was built in the 5th century BC.
In the early 1800s, British Ambassador Thomas Bruce transported parts and statues from the temple to his country.
In 1815, British museum officials purchased ancient Greek artifacts from Bruce.
Historical artifacts began to be exhibited at the British Museum in London, 2,400 kilometers from Greece.