Elgin Marbles

three marble structures lined up

Greece hopes Brexit will stir a renewed debate over Parthenon Marbles

More than 200 years ago, the British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire took a large part of the decorative marble sculptures and architecture off the outside of the Parthenon and brought them to London, where they now sit in the British Museum. For nearly 200 years, Greece has been asking for them back, to no avail. 

One of the ancient Greek reliefs in the Elgin Marbles collection, on display at the British Museum in London.

Greece wants its treasured Elgin Marbles back, but the law won’t be on their side