Greece Opens Ancient Life Artifacts’ Exhibition at Acropolis Museum

Visitors look at the temple of the Parthenon from inside the new Acropolis museum in Athens June 21, 2009. (Reuters)
Visitors look at the temple of the Parthenon from inside the new Acropolis museum in Athens June 21, 2009. (Reuters)
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Greece Opens Ancient Life Artifacts’ Exhibition at Acropolis Museum

Visitors look at the temple of the Parthenon from inside the new Acropolis museum in Athens June 21, 2009. (Reuters)
Visitors look at the temple of the Parthenon from inside the new Acropolis museum in Athens June 21, 2009. (Reuters)

Greece on Wednesday opened to the public an exhibition of more than 1,100 artifacts, from statues and table games to children's toys, found in an ancient Athens neighborhood during excavations in the area of its modern Acropolis museum.

The objects, unearthed from the foothill of the Acropolis hill that hosts the Parthenon temple, have been restored and are part of a site Greece calls "the museum under the museum" which will be accessible to visitors from July 26.

Everyday items, from storage vessels and cooking pots to weaving tools and needles, are testament to residents' daily life over 4,500 years, the culture ministry said.

The remains of the neighborhood on top of which the Acropolis museum was built reconstruct a complex of streets, homes with spacious rooms and courtyards, baths and workshops, and have been accessible to visitors since 2019.

"Placed on the southern fringes of the archaeological site, (the exhibition) fits harmoniously into the visitor's journey, contributing to the understanding of people's everyday life," said Culture Minister Lina Mendoni.

More than 1.5 million people annually visit the 14,000 square meter (16,743.86 square yards) Acropolis museum which is meant to visually connect with the Parthenon and other temples on the Acropolis hill.

About half of the 160-meter frieze from the Parthenon temple is in the British Museum, while 50 meters of the carvings are in the museum in Athens.

Greece has repeatedly urged the British Museum to permanently return the 2,500-year-old sculptures that British diplomat Lord Elgin removed from the temple in 1806, during a period when Greece was under Ottoman Turkish rule. Mendoni said the new museum was the ideal venue to host the Parthenon in its entirety.

"This museum constitutes the optimal physical and conceptual framework for highlighting, interpreting and understanding its masterpieces," she said.



Hira Cultural District Launches ‘Summer of Hira’ Events

Located next to Jabal Al-Nour, one of Makkah’s most famous landmarks, the district opens its doors daily to visitors from around the world  - SPA
Located next to Jabal Al-Nour, one of Makkah’s most famous landmarks, the district opens its doors daily to visitors from around the world - SPA
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Hira Cultural District Launches ‘Summer of Hira’ Events

Located next to Jabal Al-Nour, one of Makkah’s most famous landmarks, the district opens its doors daily to visitors from around the world  - SPA
Located next to Jabal Al-Nour, one of Makkah’s most famous landmarks, the district opens its doors daily to visitors from around the world - SPA

The Hira Cultural District on Saturday launched the activities of “Summer of Hira,” which will run until Saturday, August 8th.

The events, designed to cater to both residents and visitors of the Makkah Region, include various activities such as 360-degree corners, ice cream and juice service, camel and horse rides, painting workshops, calligraphy sessions, and displays by productive families. Additionally, there will be a kids’ zone, a caravan, and events featuring pets, birds, and a photo contest, SPA reported.

Visitors can also experience a unique cultural journey at the Revelation Exhibition, which features life-sized models of the Cave of Hira and a large screen narrating the story of the revelation to the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
Located next to Jabal Al-Nour, one of Makkah’s most famous landmarks, the district opens its doors daily to visitors from around the world, showcasing Saudi Arabia's advancements in developing historical sites and enriching the religious and cultural experience of its guests. The district offers a unique and enriching experience, providing an entertaining, cultural, and historical journey into the past that leaves a lasting impression.
Spanning approximately 67,000 square meters, it accommodates a diverse range of tourists from various nationalities and social segments.