The Council of State has rejected a case brought by three Greek citizens to have religious icons and symbols removed from the country’s courtrooms.

Greece’s highest administrative court upheld a decision by Thessaloniki court administrators in 2010 that asked for icons to be placed in the northern city’s court rooms.

It also took on board an argument from Bishop Seraphim of Piraeus, who said that icons had first been place in Greek courtrooms in 1828.