Vatican will hold onto Parthenon fragments

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The Vatican is expected to announce its decision to keep some fragments of the Parthenon housed in the Vatican Museums, dashing Greek hopes that the artifacts would be returned to their homeland, according to the Italian press...

The horsemen, deities and other creatures — carved by Phidias in the 5th century B.C. -— are scattered throughout several European museums, including the Louvre in Paris. But most of the marbles are kept in London's British Museum.

Greece has been demanding the return of 17 figures and 56 panels, which have come to be known as the Parthenon marbles, since the country's independence from Turkey in 1829.

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