United Kingdom returns twelve stolen spiritual icons to Greece

United Kingdom returns twelve stolen religious icons to Greece

A 19th-century spiritual icon displaying the Baptism of Christ and one other 11 icons stolen in 2005 from the Church of the Dormition of the Visokos Virgin in Kalouta, within the central Zagori district of Ioannina, have been returned from the UK.

United Kingdom returns twelve stolen religious icons to Greece
Credit score: Greek Ministry of Tourism and Tradition

In accordance with a tradition ministry announcement on Tuesday, the 12 icons had been returned on July 31, after Greek and UK authorities collaborated for his or her return, with the help of the Greek embassy in London.

“The icon of the Baptism was positioned in June 2017, by an archaeologist working for the Directorate for the Verification and Safety of Cultural Items, on sale in a London gallery. Following the instant mobilisation and shut cooperation of the providers accountable, with the help of the embassy of Greece in London, the icon was withdrawn from the listing of works on the market,” the ministry stated.

United Kingdom returns twelve stolen religious icons to Greece
Credit score: Greek Ministry of Tourism and Tradition

The London Metropolitan Police had then ordered the gallery to retain the icon till the investigation was full and it was verified that it was the identical one stolen from the Epirus monastery, it added.

The important thing to its identification was the again view of the icon proven on the gallery web site, which confirmed that it was a part of a church templon or display, which had been used for 2 different icons stolen from the identical church. One was positioned in one other London gallery and returned in 2011 and one other was recovered in Greece.

United Kingdom returns twelve stolen religious icons to Greece
Credit score: Greek Ministry of Tourism and Tradition

In accordance with the tradition ministry, the return of one more spiritual relic stolen from Epirus, whose monuments have been focused by organised gangs within the final 25 years, is one other hyperlink in a sequence of repatriations which have lately taken place, with 21 icons positioned and return since 2009. Two extra icons had been positioned on sale in a Germany public sale home in 2020, whose return was nonetheless pending, the ministry stated.

Supply: AMNA [August 04, 2020]

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