The Parthenon Marbles which date back to the fifth century BCE, were removed from the Parthenon temple in the Greek capital by the seventh Earl of Elgin, Thomas Bruce, in 1817 with permission of Ottomans who were occupying Greece at that time.

Greece argues that the Ottoman permission doesn’t stand, given that it was a foreign force that had invaded Greece, and it was in no way acting in accordance to the will of the Greek people.