CULTURE

Acropolis Museum marks Independence Day

Marking Independence Day, the Acropolis Museum in Athens will open its doors from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, while admission will be free of charge.

The day will also celebrate the return to display of the Parthenon?s 32nd metope, originally situated on the ancient site?s southwestern side, which was removed from the Acropolis in November last year for restoration work carried out at the museum.

The 32nd metope is also known as as the metope of the Annunciation, as it was believed to depict the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. The metope is going on display at the Acropolis Museum for the first time.

Also on the day, pianist Marios Strofalis will play works by Greek composers on the museum?s second floor at noon, while the City of Athens Philharmonic Orchestra will give a concert on the ground floor at 5 p.m.

The Acropolis Museum opened in June 2009 and saw 2 million visitors in its first year of operation.