On Monday, Greek police and the Culture Ministry presented numerous priceless ancient artifacts and religious icons confiscated during a major police operation last week. The operation resulted in the arrest of the members of two antiquities smuggling rings in Patras and Ioannina.
The most important pieces rescued from the smugglers include a golden wreath which dates from the Hellenistic times, two religious icons and a large number of ancient Greek and Roman coins. The rest of the artifacts will be presented at relevant museums, authorities said.
Speaking at the presentation at the Ministry for Civil Protection, Culture Minister Aristidis Baltas said it was an important day and that he’s happy these objects will be added to the museum collections.