Greeks hold candlelight vigil for Elgin Marbles

Hundreds of Greeks gathered outside the Acropolis museum on Sunday to hold a candlelight vigil asking Britain for the return of the Elgin marbles.

Greeks hold candles in the streets of Athens near the Acropolis Credit: Reuters

The marble statues from the facade of the Parthenon have been the subject of acrimonious dispute since they were taken from Ottoman-ruled Athens by the Earl of Elgin in 1816.

The Mayor of Athens suburb Marathon (centre) joins the vigil Credit: Acropolis

The British Museum attracted controversy last month when it agreed to loan part of the marbles to a museum in Russia.

Protesters hold candles during the vigil Credit: Acropolis