"Byzantine and Christian Museum" Byzantine & Christian Museum Tip by mikey_e

Byzantine & Christian Museum, Athens: 13 reviews and 28 photos

  Entrance to the Byzantine & Christian Museum
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  • Entrance to the Byzantine & Christian Museum - Athens
      Entrance to the Byzantine & Christian Museum
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  • Gardens in the Byzantine & Christian Museum - Athens
      Gardens in the Byzantine & Christian Museum
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Greece abounds in museums highlighting the country's Byzantine heritage and, although the best one is clearly in Thessaloniki (see my tip under the Thessaloniki section), the Athens museum is a great collection of art and artefacts from the beginnings of Christian Greece to the fall of Constantinople. The Museum brings together a collection of many items, all of which are thoroughly explained in terms of both their artistic and historical significance. There is also a small section with Coptic artwork to demonstrate the Byzantine influence among Christians in Egypt. Although the recreations of graves and mosaics in their original set up is impressive, the best part of this museum is the way in which it explains the history of the Byzantine Empire through artwork. For example, the re-use of pagan elements in Christian churches, the effects of the iconoclasm and the introduction of Western influences on Byzantine art after the sack of Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade are all succintly and intelligently described to the museum patron.

Address: Leof Vassilis Sofias, 22
Directions: Kolonaki between Syndagma and Evangelos stops
Phone: +30 210 721 1027
Website: http://www.culture.gr

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 2, 2007
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