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Who Owns the Past in the Future?

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Art Museums have been under the debachle where paintings and other works of art are being requested to be returned to the countries from which they originated. These such works include peices from the "Permanent Collections" of both the Metropolitan Museum in New York and also the J. Paul. Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Countries such as Peru, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, and China are demanding that peices be returned to them.

 

Changes in ownership would occur at times of war when one country would invade another. Or perhapes when we are researching ancient ruins, and discover these great forgotten works of art. In any case, what usually happens is that whoever finds these things will put them in their own museum, and then the country from which it originated will demand it be returned.

 

I will paste another example below.

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Pope Visits Blue Mosque in Istanbul

By BRIAN MURPHY, AP Religion Writer

 

Thursday, November 30, 2006 08 03 AM

 

 

 

(11-30) 08:03 PST ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) --

 

 

Pope Benedict XVI visited Istanbul's famous Blue Mosque on Thursday in a dramatic gesture of outreach to Muslims following his remarks on violence and the Prophet Muhammad.

 

 

The pope, accompanied by an Islamic cleric, removed his shoes before entering the carpeted expanse of the 17th century mosque to mark only the second papal visit to a Muslim place of worship. Benedict's predecessor, John Paul II, visited a mosque in Syria in 2001.

 

 

He stood in silent meditation alongside an Islamic cleric.

 

 

The visit was added to Benedict's schedule as a "sign of respect" to Muslims, Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said last week.

 

 

The mosque is officially known as the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, after the Ottoman sultan Ahmet I who ordered its construction. But it's widely called the Blue Mosque after its elaborate blue tiles.

 

 

Benedict also visited the 1,500-year-old Haghia Sophia, a domed complex that was once a spiritual center of Christianity and then converted to a mosque in the 15th century. The site became a museum following the sweeping secular reforms that formed modern Turkey in the 1920s.

 

 

A massive operation by Turkish security was in force around Istanbul's ancient center, including armed security officers on the minarets that were added to the famed landmark following the Muslim capture of the city.

 

 

About 150 nationalists demonstrated against the visit to the Haghia Sophia, gathering at a square less than a mile away and urging the government to open the museum to Muslim worship. Nationalists view the planned visit as a sign of Christian claims to the site and a challenge to Turkish sovereignty.

 

 

"Haghia Sophia is Turkish and will remain Turkish," one protest sign read. Riot police surrounded the demonstrators to prevent them from advancing toward the site.

 

 

Earlier in the day Benedict called divisions among Christians a "scandal to the world" at a joint ceremony Thursday with the spiritual leader of the Orthodox Christian church, which split from Catholicism nearly 1,000 years ago.

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I thought this was going to be some crazy thread about time travel and what company would own the past. haha interesting read though thanks.

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