As they cross one of Melbourne’s most central roads, millions of Australians, along with visitors from around the world, will be gazing at an image of the Parthenon’s frieze, namely the “Panathenaic Procession”, as an exact replica of the original was placed on the Greek Community building’s facade, and was inaugurated on November 26 by State Prime Minister, Daniel Andrews.
At the unveiling, held at a special event at the Hellenic Cultural Center of the Melbourne Hellenic Community, all speakers referenced the significance of the replica’s presence, and its acting as a reminder of the injustice against the Parthenon by Lord Elgin. Australian officials stressed they will be supporting Greece’s request for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Athens.
For his part, the president of the Melbourne and Victoria Hellenic Community, Vassilis Papastergiadis, who inspired and implemented with the members of the Hellenic Community the ambitious project, made note of the timeless message of Hellenic Culture, calling the replica “only the beginning. Others will follow, so that each may know and remember,” he stressed.