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tanafiotikaAnafiotika is a scenic tiny neighborhood of Athens, part of old historical neighborhood of Plaka. Only 10 minutes walk from your apartment in Syntagma, it lies in northern east side of the Acropolis hill. First houses were built in the era of King Othon of Greece (1832 - 1862) when workers from the island of Anafi came to Athens in order to work as constructor workers in the refurbishment of King’s Palace. Soon, workers from other Cycladic islands also started to arrive there, to work as carpenters or even stone and marble workers.
The little streets are still unnamed and the houses are referred as "Anafiotika " (meaning “coming from Anafi”)
The neighborhood was built according to typical Cycladic architecture and even nowadays gives to visitors the feel of a picturesque Greek island in the heart of the city, with white walls and small spaces.
Houses are small and mostly cubic, small streets that often end up to ladders or even deadends at terraces, where one can sit and enjoy the night view of the city. "In this oasis of tranquility, nestled beneath the walls of the Acropolis, the intensity of Athens seems miles away"
Coming back to your contemporary Athens home you will have the feeling you have traveled the Aegean and tasted its salty aroma!

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The first museum was on the Acropolis; it was completed in 1874 and underwent a moderate expansion in the 1950s. However, successive excavations on the Acropolis uncovered many new artifacts which significantly exceeded its original capacity.

AcropolisMuseum3An additional motivation for the construction of a new museum was that in the past, when Greece made requests for the return of the Parthenon Marbles from the United Kingdom, which acquired the items in a controversial manner, it was suggested by some British officials that Greece had no suitable location where they could be displayed.

AcropolisMuseum2Creation of a gallery for the display of the Parthenon Marbles has been key to all recent proposals for the design of a new museum.

The design by Bernard Tschumi was selected as the winning project in the fourth competition

The collections of the museum are exhibited on three levels while a fourth middle level houses the auxiliary spaces such as the museum shop, the café and the offices.

The ground floor Shop and Café, the purchase of a ticket is not required.
to the second floor Shop and Restaurant, a free admission ticket is required from the Ticket Desk.

Tel.: +30 210 9000900
More info: www.theacropolismuseum.gr 

aeridesThe Tower of the Winds or the Horologion of Andronikos Kyrrhestes is an octagonal Pentelic marble clocktower in the Roman Agora in Athens that functioned as a horologion or "timepiece". Unofficially, the monument is also called Aerides (Greek: Αέρηδες), which means Winds.

The structure features a combination of sundials, a water clock, and a wind vane. It was supposedly built by Andronicus of Cyrrhus around 50 BC, but according to other sources, might have been constructed in the 2nd century BC before the rest of the forum.

The 12-meter-tall structure has a diameter of about 8 metres and was topped in antiquity by a weathervane-like Triton that indicated the wind direction. Below the frieze depicting the eight wind deities — Boreas (N), Kaikias (NE), Eurus (E), Apeliotes (SE), Notus (S), Lips (SW), Zephyrus (W), and Skiron (NW) — there are eight sundials.

aerides4In its interior, there was a water clock (or clepsydra), driven by water coming down from the Acropolis. Recent research has shown that the considerable height of the tower was motivated by the intention to place the sundials and the wind-vane at a visible height on the Agora, effectively making it an early example of a clocktower. According to the testimony of Vitruvius and Varro, Andronicus of Cyrrhus designed the structure. The tower's columns bore capitals of a design now known as "Tower of the Winds Corinthian," although they lack the volutes ordinarily found in Corinthian capitals.

In early Christian times, the building was used as the bell-tower of a Byzantine Church. Under Ottoman rule it became a tekke and was used by whirling dervishes. At that time it was buried up to half its height, and traces of this can be observed in the interior, where Turkish inscriptions may be found on the walls. It was fully excavated in the 19th century by the Archaeological Society of Athens.

The National Archaeological Museum is the largest museum in Greece and one of the world's great museums. Although its original purpose was to secure all the finds from the nineteenth century excavations in and around Athens, it gradually became the central National Archaeological Museum and was enriched with finds from all over Greece. Its abundant collections, with more than 11,000 exhibits, provide a panorama of Greek civilization from the beginnings of Prehistory to Late Antiquity.

ethniko arxaiologiko mouseioThe museum is housed in an imposing neoclassical building of the end of the nineteenth century, which was designed by L. Lange and remodelled by Ernst Ziller.
At the front of the museum there is a large neo-classic design garden which is decorated with sculptures.
The vast exhibition space - numerous galleries on each floor accounting for a total of 8,000 square metres - house five large permanent collections:
The Prehistoric Collection, which includes works of the great civilizations that developped in the Aegean from the sixth millennium BC to 1050 BC (Neolithic, Cycladic, Mycenaean), and finds from the prehistoric settlement at Thera.
The Sculptures Collection, which shows the development of ancient Greek sculpture from the seventh to the fifth centuries BC with unique masterpieces.
The Vase and Minor Objects Collection, which contains representative works of ancient Greek pottery from the eleventh century BC to the Roman period and includes the Stathatos Collection, a corpus of minor objects of all periods.
The Metallurgy Collection, with many fundamental statues, figurines and minor objects.
And, finally, the only Egyptian and Near Eastern Antiquities Collection in Greece, with works dating from the pre-dynastic period (5000 BC) to the Roman conquest.

National Archaeological MuseumOpening hours from April 1st 2017 until October 31st 2017:
Monday: 13:00 – 20:00, Tuesday – Sunday: 08:00 - 20:00
The National Archaeological Museum is closed on 25 - 26 December, 1 January, 25 March, Orthodox Easter Sunday and 1 May.

Admission fee: 10 Euro
Reduced admission fee: 5 Euro
(for students from Universities of non European Union countries by showing their University Card and for citizens aged over 65 years old from countries of the European Union by showing their ID or Passport)
Special ticket package:
Valid for National Archaeological Museum, Byzantine & Christian Museum, Numismatic Museum and Epigraphic Museum (duration 3 days)
Full: 15 Euro - Reduced: 8 Euro

Free entrance:
visitors under 18 years old (by showing their I.D. or Passport)
students from E.U. countries (by showing their University Card)
admission card holders (Free Entrance Card, ICOM, ICOMOS)
guides (by showing their professional card)
members of Societies of Friends of Museums and Archaeological Sites of Greece, by showing their membership card
escort of blind people and escort of persons with mobility difficulties
Entrance is free to all visitors on the following days:
. 6 March (Memory of Melina Mercouri)
. 18 April (International Monument Day)
. 18 May (International Museum Day)
. the last weekend of September (European Days of Cultural Heritage)
. 28 October (National Holiday)
. the first Sunday of the month for the period between 1 November and 31 March
Clearance of the galleries begins 20 minutes before closing time. Essential work may necessitate closing galleries without previous notice.

Phone: 21 3214 4800
Public transit access: Victoria metro station, Omonia metro station, 
Official museum's website
More info at wikipedia

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

The Benaki Museum ranks among the major institutions that have enriched the material assets of the Greek state. It is also the oldest museum in Greece operating as a Foundation under Private Law. Through its extensive collections that cover several different cultural fields and its more general range of activities serving more than one social need, the Benaki Museum is perhaps the sole instance of a complex structure within the broader network of museum foundations in Greece.

benaki mainPermanent collection:
This group of collections comprises many distinct categories totalling more than 40,000 items, illustrating the character of the Greek world through a spectacular historical panorama: from antiquity and the age of Roman domination to the medieval Byzantine period; from the fall of Constantinople (1453) and the centuries of Frankish and Ottoman occupation to the outbreak of the struggle for independence in 1821; and from the formation of the modern state of Greece (1830) down to 1922, the year in which the Asia Minor disaster took place.

Photographic Archives:
The Benaki Museum’s Photographic Archives Department was established in 1973 to collect, preserve and document photographs of Early Christian, Byzantine and post-Byzantine art and architecture. Since then the Department’s original scope has gradually been extended to cover images of Greece and its culture, as well as its history and contemporary society.
The Department now includes photographs depicting traditional trades, customs, and agricultural practices, the Occupation and post-war periods, social and cultural events, antiquities, Byzantine churches, neo-classical and traditional architecture and urban settlements.

The Library was established in 1931, the year in which the Museum was donated and inaugurated. It has to date gathered more than 100,000 titles of books and periodicals, the content of which is related to the material in the Museum collections and covers the following topics: Greek history and art, folklore, intellectual life and religion, particularly during the period of Turkish rule and modern times. It also has noteworthy collections of books about Islamic art and the art of the Far East.

A dining area is located on the second floor and extends out to the terrace of the Neoclassical building, from which there is a panoramic view of the Acropolis, Lykabettus Hill and the National Gardens. Every Thursday the museum is open until midnight, allowing guests to experience dining in an elegant ambiance.

Wednesday, Friday: 9:00 - 17:00
Thursday, Saturday: 9:00 - 00:00
Sunday: 9:00 - 15:00

Full admission : € 9 Temporary Exhibition: € 7

Reduced admission
Full admission : € 7
Temporary Exhibition : € 5

Journalists : € 1

Combined Tickets:

• 20% discount on the total admission cost of Permanent and Temporary exhibition (Main Building & N. Hadjikyriakos-Ghika Gallery)
• 20% discount on the total admission cost of the permanent exhibitions on the day of the visit (Pireos St. Annexe)
• Ticket “The Benaki Museum Experience” priced at € 20 which entitles the visitor to one entrance per exhibition in all the Benaki Museum buildings, valid for 3 months

Free admission at the permanent exhibition:
Every Thursday excluding organised tours and guided group visits and the International Museum Day (May 18th) if the building is open

1 Koumbari St. & Vas. Sofias Ave. (Just 10 minutes walk from Athens flat)
tel 210 367 1000

More info at the official museum's website

The Museum of Cycladic Art is dedicated to the study and promotion of ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, with special emphasis on Cycladic Art of the 3rd millennium BC. It was founded in 1986, to house the collection of Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris. Since then it has grown in size to accommodate new acquisitions, obtained either through direct purchases or through donations by important collectors and institutions.

cycladic museumCYCLADIC CULTURE
The Cycladic civilization flourished on the islands of the central Aegean during the Early Bronze Age (3rd millennium BC). The MCA maintains one of the largest and most complete collections of Cycladic antiquities in the world, with representative samples of marble figurines and vases, bronze weapons and tools and pottery of all phases of the Early Cycladic period.

The Collection Cycladic Antiquities Museum of Cycladic Art is set on the first floor of the building of the permanent collections and opened in 1986. It includes a large number of high quality marble figurines and vases, some of the earliest bronze objects in the Aegean pottery everyday and ritual use, etc. most of which are placed in the 3rd millennium BC It also includes:

highly sculptured marble bottles, plates, cups and zoomorphic vessels,
marble standards,
metal objects, such as bronze tools and weapons, leaden figurines and a small silver vessel,
symbolic objects such as frying vessels, which are decorated with incised motifs reminiscent of the sea, the stars and female fertility,
the so-called "Treasure of Keros".
One of the most important objects exposed here is the NG 724 female figurine Early Cycladic II period, with a height of 1.40 meters. This makes it the second largest in the world and known as "Vase Pigeon" (NG 329), held also prominently in the report, is the largest and most complete example poppet plate sculpted birds have been found to date.

Permanent exhibitions:

CYPRIOT CULTURE
The Thanos N. Zintilis Collection of Cypriot Antiquities, one of world’s most important, was added to the permanent collections of the Museum of Cycladic Art in 2002 on a long-term loan and presented to the public for the first time in 2004. Completed in 2012 and based on a new museographical study, the display showcases 550 (previously 400) objects dating from the Chalcolithic to the Byzantine, Medieval, and Modern periods, grouped according to time period and category.

The new display uses contemporary museological approach (in design, colour, lighting, and presentation of the exhibits on relevant illustrated surfaces) to highlight the rich in style, decoration, and imaginative shapes Cypriot pottery (utilitarian, storage, and table wares) of the prehistoric and historic periods, which represent the collection’s core.

cycladic museum2ANCIENT GREEK ART
The permanent exhibition on the 4th floor of the Main Building tries to transform our knowledge about daily life in antiquity (as provided by ancient texts and archaeological objects) into vivid images.

Visitors are invited into a virtual tour in time and space: the tours starts from the world of the supernatural (gods) and the myth (heroes), goes through the realm of Eros, follows the activities of everyday women and men in their private and public life, explores their religious behaviour, and concludes with their attitudes against death and their beliefs about afterlife and the Underworld.

One hundred forty two objects - mostly dating to the Classical και Hellenistic periods (5th-1st c. BC) - are grouped in nine separate units treating the following thematic areas:
- Gods and Heroes
- On the wings of Eros
- Toiletry and wedding
- Female activities
- Athletics
- The Symposium
- In the Athenian Agora
- Warfare
- Taking care of the deceased

The exhibition is supported by ample graphics which are meant both to increase the overall aesthetic effect and to enhance public understanding of the various artifacts and their function.

Each showcase has a frieze of drawings accompanied by explanatory texts which provide as much information as possible about the particular subject. In order to increase the educational character of the exhibition, two short movies, have been made, using advance shooting and sound-recording techniques. In the first movie, we see scenes from the life of a man, named Leon: his birth and childhood, his involvement in sporting activities, his military training, his participation in public affairs, the preparations for his marriage to Melite, and, finally, his departure for war. The second movie focuses on the death of the protagonist, as his relatives pay him the customary honours at his funeral. The tour concludes with a hypothetical painted reconstruction of an ancient 5th c. BC town (demos) on the coast of Attica, where the hero was born, lived and died, according to the scenario of the films.

The gift shop
At the basement, there is a gift shop where you can find excellent replicas and many interesting books.

The Cafe
cycladic museum cafeThe rich light and dense vegetation in the Café’s entrance create the wonderful sense of a garden situated within the city. The evocative floating
façade-sculpture by Stelios Kois, a trademark of the new Cycladic Café, generates a subtle interplay of light and shadow, while the lighting design by Eleftheria Deko complements the natural sunlight that floods the entrance’s space during the day.

Address: Neophytou Douka 4, Athens (Just 15 minutes walk from Athens flat)
Telephone: (+30) 210 7228321-3

Opening Hours

Monday - Wednesday - Friday - Saturday: 10:00 to 17:00
Thursday: 10:00 to 20:00
Sunday: 11:00 to 17:00
Tuesday: closed

Admission Tickets

General Admission (except for Monday): €7

General Admission Deste Prize 2017: €3.50

Monday General Admission
€3.50 {Permanent Collections}
€5 {Permanent & Temporary Exhibitions}

Reduced entrance fees
- seniors (over 65)
€3,50 (Permanent Collections) | €5 (Permanent & Temporary Exhibitions)
- students, 19-26 years old
€3,50 (Permanent Collections) | €5 (Permanent & Temporary Exhibitions)
- groups of 15 or more 5€ (each)

Free admission
- kids and young persons under 18
- visitors with disabilities and their companion
- members of the MCA
- archaeologists
- archaeology and art history students
- members of ICOM - ICOMOS
- journalists
- qualified guides
- teachers accompanying school-classes participating
in educational programmes
- parents accompanying their kids for the
Saturday’s & Sunday's programme

*Last Entrance: 15 minutes before the Museum get closed

More info at the official museum's website

The museum presents the modern history of Athens, Europe’s oldest and most famous city, since it became the capital of the newly founded Hellenic State in 1834 under the first royal couple, Otto and Amalia.
Your tour will also include many other facets of Athenian history, culture and life. Several other collections and a series of typical late 19th century- early 20th century sitting and living rooms of the Athenian aristocracy complete the different aspects of our city offered by the Museum.

Mouseio Vourou EftaxiaThe Museum has a Library and hosts in its Collections about 40.000 items ranging from antiquity to the 21st century, such as: Ancient Items, Books and Musical Texts, Byzantine, meta-Byzantine and ecclesiastical items, Sculptures, Stamps, Documents and Manuscripts, Glass, Porcelain and Ceramics, Recording Media, Metallurgy, Small Items, Memorabilia and Relics, Musical Instruments, Coins, Woodcraft and Furniture, Paintings and Engravings, Utensils, Fabrics, Embroidery, Apparel and Tapestry, Photographs and Photographic records.

Operating hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 09:00- 16:00
Saturday, Sunday: 10:00- 15:00
On Tuesdays the Museum remains closed.
The Museum also remains closed each year on the following dates: Jan. 1, Dec. 25, Dec. 26, Easter Sunday and the following Monday.

Entrance fee: € 5,00.
For pupils, students, senior citizens and groups over four persons: € 3,00.
Disabled persons: free.
For guided tours or school visits please call +30-210-3231387 & +30-210-3231397.

Address: 5-7 Paparrigopoulou str.
Closest Metro station is Panepistimio (red line). From your Athens flat apartment is about 20 minutes walk.

For more info please visit the museum’s official website 

The Numismatic Museum is one of the oldest public museums in Greece.It was established in 1834, the same year as the National Archaeological Museum.

nomismatikoThe Numismatic Museum owns 500.000 acquisitions –mostly coins as well as medals, lead bullae, gems, weights, obeloi and talents- dated from the 14th century BC until today.

The richest collections are those of the ancient coins dated from the 6th century BC to the 5th century AD. These are the coins of the city-states, the kings and rulers of the ancient Greek and Hellenistic world, the Roman Republic, the Roman emperors and the Roman Imperial provinces.

Of similar importance are the collections of the Byzantine and Medieval coins dated from the 6th century to the 15th century. There is a large number of coins of the Byzantine empire and representative issues of all the emperors and mints, issues of states and monarchs of the Medieval West and East as well as issues of the Frankish kingdoms created in Greece since the 13th century.

The period from the 15th to the 20th century is covered through the coins of most of the Modern and contemporary era states. An emphasis is shown to coins circulated in Greece, such as issues of the Ottoman empire, coins of European states and empires and coins and banknotes of the Modern Greek state.

nomismatiko3In the garden of the Iliou Melathron there is a café, a small green oasis in downtown Athens. The garden, of 800m2, contains numerous plants of the Greek flora and is decorated with copies of ancient Greek statues.
The visitors to the Museum and others who spend time in the area can enjoy a pleasant break for coffee or light lunch in a serene and cool environment. Following contact with the person in charge of the Café and the Museum’s Public Relations office, the place can also accommodate special happenings.

On the first floor of the Iliou Melathron operates The Museum Shop and is open daily during the Museum’s visiting hours.

Here, exact copies of ancient Greek coins and jewelry, cards, notebooks and games are in offer as well as, digital publications and books of numismatic interest, for example, the Museum’s publications that refer to both the specialists in the field and to the general public.

Address: Panepistimiou 12 (just 10 minutes walk from your Athens flat apartment)

Telephones: +30210-3632057, +30210-3612834 and +30210-3612872

Opening hours:
Monday closed
Tuesday – Sunday 09:00 – 16:00
Last admission fifteen (15) minutes before closing

Holidays (closed): January 1st, March 25th, Orthodox Easter Sunday, May 1st, December 25-26th

Tickets: Full: €6, Reduced: €3
Special ticket package: Full: €15, Reduced: €8
(Valid for National Archaeological Museum, Byzantine & Christian Museum, Epigraphic & Numismatic Museum)

Access to Museum: Metro stations: Syntagma, Panepistimio - Trolleys nr.: 2, 3, 4, 11, 13

People with Disabilities: Lift for access to persons with kinetic problems

More info at museum’s official website 

The Jewish Museum is housed in a renovated neoclassical building of great architectural interest.

Jewish museum interiorThree of its four floors are divided into three consecutive levels, of unequal height. All the levels are arranged around a central octagonal shaft, which runs the height of the building, from the basement to the roof. Its glass dome allows natural light to flood through all the levels, while the Museum’s stairway winds around it in an anti-clockwise spiral from the bottom up. Following this upward spiral, the exhibition is divided into thematic units, one per level.
The visual result is an interesting and unusual environment, with a lot of angular shapes and structures, all around the central axis of the skylight.

The area is 800 square meters and houses a collection of more than 8,000 objects, most of them rare religious and domestic artifacts which record the history and tradition of the Greek Jews.
Besides the permanent exhibition, there is a temporary exhibitions area, a Contemporary Art Gallery, an educational programs area, a library, a cloakroom, storage facilities, a photographic archive and laboratory, a conservation laboratory, as well as office space.

 

Jewish museum interiorOpening hours
Monday to Friday: 9.00-14.30
Sundays: 10.00-14.00
Saturdays: closed

Admission fees: Adults 6 euros, students 3 euros
Guided tour fees for groups: 50 € (upon arrangement)

Address: 39 Nikis str., 105 58 - Athens
Tel: 210 3225582

If you also want to visit the synagogue there is one at 5, Melidoni St.
But due to security reasons, all visitors have to either show identification or send in advance a copy of their passport along with the dates of their visit to Fax: (+30) 210 322 0761

Synagogue Beth Shalom (sfardi):
Monday and Thursday mornings: 8:30
Friday evening:
Mincha at sunset, followed by Kabbalat Shabbat
Saturday morning: 8:30
Saturday afternoon: Mincha at sunset, followed by Azkarot and Arvit.
Tel: (+30) 210 3252 875 - 210 3252 823

More information at jewishmuseum.gr

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