"The Benaki Museum-An Athenian jewel" Benaki Museum Tip by athenian80
Benaki Museum, Athens: 10 reviews and 12 photos
This outstanding museum is a real must. Don’t miss it in any case! I feel ashamed to say that I visited the Benaki museum for the first time just a few days ago(Sep.2002). But when I finally made this visit,I realized what I was missing all this time.I didn’t expect it to be so large. And its exhibits are just innumerable(more than 30,000) and SO lavish! The items that are displayed illustrate the Greek art from prehistoric times until the 20th century. Each one of the 3 storeys of the building (plus the ground floor) is dedicated to one or more Eras.The ground floor contains items from the Prehistoric,Classical,Roman and Byzantine periods. Check the ultra-lavish jewellery that represents each period..You’ll be impressed by the great variety and refined art. Another must-see are the Fayum portraits. The second floor is the one that impressed me the most. There are exhibited collections of ecclesiastical and secular art that cover the period from the 15th to 19th centuries,when Greece was under the Frankish and Ottoman occupations. Rare ceramic pieces,traditional costumes, jewellery, embroideries dating from the 17th and 18th are only some of the attractions but the real highlight in my opinion is the unique reconstructions of wood-panelled rooms from houses of Kozani and Siatista (Western Macedonia region). The wood carving and sculpture are just awesome! In the 2nd floor you’ll find a very nice café-restaurant which offers a beautiful view of the city. Since the museum needs at least 2 hours to be explored you could also combine your visit with a launch.Finally, the 3rd floor contains the collection of historical heirlooms that recreate the history of modern Greece from the end of the 18th century onwards. Swords and other weapons which belonged to the heros of 1821, battle standards from the War of Independence and nautical instruments are some of the items displayed. Before you leave check the museum’s shop. You’ll find a great array of exhibits’ replicas,postcards,posters and other souvenirs.
Address: Corner of Vassilissis Sofias & Koumbari streets
Directions: Very close to Syntagma
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