Greece: British Museum "damp" insults Parthenon Sculptures

Greece's Culture Minister says alleged damp damage in a section of the British Museum housing the Parthenon Sculptures is an "insult" to the 2,500-year-old works for whose return Greece has pressed long and unsuccessfully

Lina Mendoni's comments Wednesday followed publication in Greek media of photos ostensibly showing damp and mold stains on the hall's ceiling, which suffered a minor leak during a rainstorm last year.

Greece says the marbles were illegally removed from the Parthenon temple on the Acropolis during the Ottoman Turkish occupation of Greece in the early 1800s. The British Museum rejects that.