Tourists Can Vote on Elgin Marbles’ Debate at Athens Int’l Airport

AIA-elgin-marblesThe Greek government has installed four new polling systems at Athens International Airport, asking Greek and foreign passengers to vote on the Parthenon Marbles’ return debate.

This action is part of a high-profile campaign which includes Amal Alamuddin Clooney who is offering her legal support to Greece in order to win back the sculptures that were stolen and shipped to London by Lord Elgin in 1803.

Tourists are asked to assemble a picture of the Parthenon in a few simple moves, restoring the sixth Caryatid in its rightful place. Then they are faced with the question: “Do you support the return of the Parthenon marbles?” to which they can answer “yes” or “no.”

“We believe that the airport, as a crossroad of cultures, is the ideal place to reflect Athens’ tourists view on an issue that concerns our international cultural heritage,” said Ioanna Papadopoulou, head of Communications and Marketing at Athens International Airport.

“This initiative adds an important link to the systemic actions chain that the airport is undertaking for our city, which has already rebounded as a major tourist destination,” she added.

The Parthenon marbles issue has reemerged over the last years, especially after the construction of the new Acropolis museum. Human rights lawyer and George Clooney’s wife, Amal Alamuddin Clooney has offered legal support to Greece, while UNESCO has offered to help in negotiations between the two countries, before the Greek government takes any legal action.


  1. Athens the time has come for the Phidian glyphs to return to the country of it’s creation.It’s unstoppable.

  2. But none of all of six original Caryatids from atop the Acropolis is ever going back to where they were removed from, are they? Tourists are being deliberately misled in a cynical little propaganda trick based on false premise.

  3. Yes but they’re going to be 500 m from the Acropolis, in a museum right next to the hill were they were for 2,000 years. From the Acropolis museum you can see the Parthenon and the other temples, and better understand the natural and cultural environment where everything was conceived. In London one understands absolutely nothing, unless you claim the Parthenon sculptures and the Caryatids have something to do with Costa Coffee or the Big Ben.
    I don’t get why the Britons (some – most of them want the sculptures to be returned!) are so reluctant. Fear the British Museum is going to lose importance? Imperialist Britain melancholy?

  4. Please learn your history. “We” didn’t sell them. Greece was under the Ottoman Empire’s occupation and they illegally gave him permission to take some. Elgin took more than was agreed upon and when they found out and went to stop him he stole as much as he could and fled the country.

  5. Why are the Parthenon Marbles being referred to by the thief’s name? No other work of art or history that has been stolen from a people has to suffer the indignity of being called by the name of the person that stole them. Elgin’s name should be used as a curse word.