Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos on Thursday attended a ceremony for the handover and return of six stolen post-Byzantine icons - taken from churches in Greece and found in a London art gallery - at the Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens.

Geroulanos said the return was a great success and the result of cooperation between prosecuting authorities and the culture ministry with the Greek Embassy in London.

The icons dated from the 18th and 19th centuries and had been taken from the churches of Tsagarada and Zagori, where they will soon be returned.