2011 Archived News

Stolen icons return home

Author: Greek News Agenda
Stolen Icons Return Home

The British Police handed over to the Greek Embassy in London six icons which had been stolen from Greek churches in the past 6 years.

Yesterday, a ceremony for the return of the 6 icons took place at the Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens. Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Yeroulanos who attended the event said that the return was a great success and the result of cooperation between prosecuting authorities and the Culture ministry with the Greek embassy in London.

The British and Greek police investigated the case and, together with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and the Municipality of Ioannina, traced the icons at London’s Temple Gallery.

The retrieved icons included: Candlemas (Presentation of Jesus at the Temple), St. George, Sts. Peter & Paul, Virgin Mary, Genesis and Epiphany.

The works had been stolen from churches in the broader area of Ioannina and Mt. Pelio. According to the Embassy of Greece in London, the Greek and British authorities have successfully cooperated in the past in recovering stolen icons traced in the British antiquities market through illicit trafficking.