Parthenon was once covered in colourful paint

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The Parthenon temple in Athens was once painted with splashes of colour, according to a new study.

New tests on the stone have found that the marble was once covered with shades of blue, while it also thought red, green and gold were used.

By shining red light onto the marble, Dr Giovanni Verri identified an ancient pigment known as Egyptian blue, used until the year 800AD.

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