The upper part of a Hercules (Heracles) statue is returning from Boston to Turkey.
Turkish Culture & Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay told A.A on Sunday that the upper part of Weary Hercules Statue was returning from the United States to Turkey by the plane of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
During excavations in 1980 in Perge town of the southern province of Antalya, Prof. Jale Inan unearthed lower part of demigod Hercules statue. Officials noticed that a similar statue was being exhibited in Boston. Experts examined the statue in Boston and found out that it was the half of the part in Turkey.
Turkey has been exerting efforts to get back the upper part of the statue since that date.
Gunay said that the 200 kg-Hercules statue was the same size with a human, and it was an important piece in archeological aspect.
He added that the statue would be exhibited in Antalya Archeology Museum.
Recently, Turkey took back a Hittite sphinx from Germany.