Athens’ Crown Jewel
Acropolis Museum, Athens
The Acropolis Museum is located on thw southeastern slope of the Acropolis Hill and its entrance is on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street. The Museum, which opened in 2009, was designed by the renowned Swiss-American architect Bernard Tschumi, in collaboration with Greek architect Michalis Gotiadis. It was constracted to house and display every artefact found on the Sacred Rock, as the old museum (located atop the Acropolis) lacked suffciend space. It was also hoped that the impressive project would provide an additional argument for the return of the Parthenon Marbles from the British Museum. Over 4.000 items are exhibited in this astonishing building, and the largely transparent floor allows visitors a peek at the on-going excavations beneaht. The top level of the museum aligns with the Parthenon, so that visitors can admire the marbles against their rightful places on the building.