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Byzantine and Christian Museum

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The Byzantine and Christian Museum, which is based in Athens, is one of Greece’s national museums. Its areas of competency are centered on – but not limited to – religious artifacts of the Early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval, post-Byzantine and later periods which it exhibits, but also acquires, receives, preserves, conserves, records, documents, researches, studies, publishes and raises awareness of.

byzantine christian museumThe museum has over 25,000 artifacts in its possession. The artifacts date from between the 3rd and 20th century AD, and their provenance encompasses the entire Greek world, as well as regions in which Hellenism flourished. The size and range of the collections and value of the exhibits makes the Museum a veritable treasury of Byzantine and post-Byzantine art and culture.

Permanent exhibitions:

THE BYZANTINE EMPIRE
I. From the ancient world to Byzantium
II. The Byzantine World
Intellectual and Artistic Activity in the 15th century
IV. From Byzantium to Modern Era
V. Byzantium and modern art

Temporary exhibition

DOCUMENTA 14
08 April 2017 until 17 July 2017
“When Elephants Fight, It is the Frogs That Suffer-A Sonic Graffiti”
The installation consists of 16 loudspeakers playing “a symphony of frogs croaking.” The sound archive is made of a) frogs croaking b) human voices imitating frogs croaking c) human voices reciting proverbs d) human voices reading parts of Aristophanes’ play “Frogs”. Both Aristophanes’ “Frogs” and Ben Patterson's earlier work “Pond” have influenced the development and the artistic result of this work.

The gardens of the Byzantine Museum are an oasis in the heart of the city where visitors can take an imaginary journey through history and art. Seating areas are provided under the fruit trees, surrounded by aromatic herbs and fountains. Three small themed exhibitions of historic and archaeological interest are presented in the gardens:

  • The Well-Cistern, on how Athens was supplied with water from ancient times to the present;
  • Paradise, on the Byzantine concept of Paradise in life and the afterlife; and
  • The River Ilissos, on the development of the fluvial landscape on the banks of the Ilissos from antiquity to modern times.

The café-bistro «ILISSIA» is located in the garden of the Byzantine and Christian Museum, in the shadow of the Palace of the Duchess of Plaisance. In a pleasant and peaceful environment the visitor can enjoy coffee, disert or a light meal. ILISSIA can also accommodate special events, after consultation with the bistro management and the Museum’s Communication Office.

The café-bistro «ILISSIA» is open:
Monday: closed
Tuesday-Friday: 09.00-18.00
Saturday & Sunday: 09.00-19.00

Tickets:
General admission: 8 €
Free admission: under 18 years old

Address: Vasilisis Sofias 22 (Just 15 walk from Athens flat). Nearest Metro station is Evangelismos

Telephone: (+30) 211 012 0441-2 and (+30) 213 213 9607.

For more information visit museum's official website

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