Austria Will Return Two Small Parthenon Marbles to Greece. Officials Hope the Move Will Encourage Britain to Follow Suit

The return comes at a crucial time for Greece as it seeks to reunite the remaining pieces that once wrapped the Parthenon Temple.

A museum in Austria plans to send two pieces of the Parthenon Marbles back to Greece.

In a news conference held yesterday, May 2, Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg announced that the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna is in “technical discussions” with the Acropolis Museum about “mutual loans of the Parthenon frieze.”

“I am very hopeful that the talks can move on very quickly and the marbles will be on display in Athens,” Schallenberg said. “The common goal,” he added, “is to contribute to the understanding of its universal significance for European cultural heritage.”

Representatives from the Kunsthistorisches Museum did not immediately respond to a request for additional details about the “mutual loans.”

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