STUNNING!

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This male marble statue is from the 2nd century B.C.

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This marble statue of a youth is roughly 2,600 years old.

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The second floor, reached by a glass ramp, features a rich and extensive trove of free-standing objects from the archaic and classical periods.

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The Caryatid sculptures, which date to the late 5th century B.C. and once propped up part of the ancient Erechtheion temple on the Acropolis, are displayed on a balcony.

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The museum has five floors that provide space for 4,000 artifacts, ten times the number displayed in the old building. Images of some of the pieces follow.

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The design, introduced in 2001, was meant to be completed in time for the 2004 Olympics, but legal battles delayed the process for years.

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The new facility, 226,000 square feet of glass and concrete designed by the New York-based architect Bernard Tschumi, replaces the old Acropolis Museum, a small 1874 building tucked into the rock of the Acropolis next to the Parthenon.

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