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Greek Parliament President visits New Acropolis Museum

(ATHENS NEWS AGENCY) Parliament President Dimitris Sioufas was visibly impressed following his visit to the new Acropolis Museum on Wednesday and congratulated all Greek governments from 1976 onwards for their efforts.Sioufas, who was offered a guided tour of the museum by Culture Minister Michalis Liapis, was accompanied by members of the parliament’s Standing Committee on Cultural and Educational Affairs. The parliament president stated that he was overwhelmed by the new museum, stressing that it “constitutes a reference point for culture worldwide”. He also thanked the archaeological academic community and all those, Greeks and foreigners, who contributed to the realization of the endeavour. Culture Minister Michalis Liapis stated that the museum is modern, functional and secure and that the transfer of antiquities from the old museum will be completed in roughly a month. He added that the formal inauguration of the museum will take place in early autumn. Liapis described the new museum as a national wager for the restitution of the Parthenon Marbles.