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A sculptured marble block from the Parthenon frieze showing a line of men and women in a procession.

The Parthenon Marbles in the Louvre Museum, Paris

While the British Museum tends to get all the attention in debates and discussions about the return of the so-called ‘Elgin Marbles’ to the Acropolis Museum in Athens, there are also Parthenon ‘marbles’ in the Louvre. There are only two pieces on display, and in the vastness of the Louvre and its enormous Classical collection they are easily missed.

A sculptured marble block from the Parthenon frieze showing a line of men and women in a procession.
Part of the Parthenon frieze, section East VII, 49–56.

History of the Parthenon Marbles in the Musée Du Louvre

The Parthenon Frieze in the Musée Du Louvre

A woman stands looking at the reconstructed eastern frieze of the Parthenon in the Acropolis Museum.
The Louvre block flanked by blocks now in the British Museum.

The Parthenon Metope in the Louvre

The original metope number 10 from the Parthenon in Athens.
The Louvre block flanked by blocks now in the British Museum.
A reproduction of metope 10 from the Parthenon in Athens.
Reproduction with marble fragment of metope S10, Acropolis Museum.
A reproduction of metope 7 with the original head, in the Acropolis Museum in Athens.
Reproduction of Metope S7, Acropolis Museum.

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Palais du Louvre - Louvre Museum

Now one of the most famous museums in the world, the Louvre was a Royal residence. A 12 century fortress became a residence for Charles V in the mid 14th century, when he abandoned the Palais de la Cité. Since then it the principle residence of kings of France until the French Revolution, when parts of it became a public museum. The museum now occupies the entire complex. Collections include art and antiquities from France and Mediterranean Europe (Etruscan, Greek and Roman). There are also substantial collections of Egyptian and Near Eastern antiquities, from late prehistory to the start of Christian and Islamic periods.

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Thomas Dowson

With a professional background in archaeology and a passion for travel, I founded Archaeology Travel to help more people explore our world’s fascinating pasts. Born in Zambia, I trained as an archaeologist at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) and taught archaeology at the universities of Southampton and Manchester (England). Read More

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