The establishment of Athens as a city dates back to mythological times. Despite the length of the city's history, it is still evident throughout Athens in the form of many Ancient, Roman, Byzantine and Modern monuments. Today's capital is a result of integration of ancient and medieval history into the contemporary era.
About a year before its official opening, the New Acropolis Museum opens its gates to welcome eighty four pieces of ancient Greek and Roman art that used to be in foreign museums. The antiquities were given over by the Italian President himself, who together with the Greek President inaugurated the exhibition.