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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. An 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…
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. Permanent collection:This group…
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 Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) covers an area of 210,000 sqm. Designed by the architectural firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW), the SNFCC is a multifunctional urban complex that includes new facilities for the National Library of Greece, the Greek National Opera, and the Stavros Niarchos Park. Renzo Piano envisaged the SNFCC rising out of the ground like a dislodged piece of the earth’s crust. As a result, an artificial hill is constructed and the roof of both…
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Anafiotika 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…
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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. The museum has over 25,000 artifacts in its possession. The artifacts date from between the 3rd and 20th century AD, and…
The oldest house of Athens, a museum of itself. Built in the 16th century during Ottoman occupation, this mansion is the only surviving house of that period. It was home to the Benizelou family, and it is one of the Athenian noble mansions associated with the superior social group of Greek elders.The mansion is a prominent secular monument for the history of the city from the 16th to the 18th century. After a great restoration, it was conceded by the…
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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. The 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…
The Jewish Museum is housed in a renovated neoclassical building of great architectural interest. Three 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…
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