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Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens

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With a massive collection of artifacts from the third century CE through the 20th century, Byzantine and Christian Museum represents one of the leading institutions on Byzantine and post-Byzantine art and culture worldwide. The museum houses more than 25,000 religious artifacts from the Early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval, and post-Byzantine periods, including pictures, scriptures, frescoes, pottery, fabrics, and manuscripts. Discover the impressive collection of Byzantine icons, including the oldest icon, which features the Crucifixion on one side and the Virgin Hodegitria on the other. Through the museum's extensive collection, gain an understanding of Byzantine and Christian history. Use our Athens day trip tool to add Byzantine and Christian Museum and other attractions to your Athens vacation plans.
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  • In the beautifully elegant Villa Ilissia, before getting to the religious exhibitions it was fabulous to take in a selection of exquisite Asian decorative pieces from the Passas collection...  more »
  • We were at the end of a four day visit to Athens, and were running out of things to do. This site was on our combination ticket, so we wandered over there during our last day's walking...  more »
  • Terrible attendance at the ticket office! once I asked for the Complaint Book they gave me a sort of “grocery book”, without regarding any legal requirements and even called for security to...  more »
  • A visit in time
  • A fascinating insight into the Byzantine world, its faith and its art, leading to the emergence of modern day Greece. The interpretation material is well presented and easily readable, with plenty of artefacts to see. The coffee shop is pretty good too.
  • The Byzantine and Christian Museum (Greek: Βυζαντινό και Χριστιανικό Μουσείο) is situated at Vassilissis Sofias Avenue in Athens, Greece. It was founded in 1914, and houses more than 25,000 exhibits with rare collections of pictures, scriptures, frescoes, pottery, fabrics, manuscripts, and copies of artifacts from the 3rd century AD to the Late Middle Ages. It is one of the most important museums in the world in Byzantine Art. In June 2004, in time for its 90th anniversary and the 2004 Athens Olympics, the museum reopened to the public after an extensive renovation and the addition of another wing. The gallery is situated on Vassilissis Sofias Avenue 22, down the street from the Hilton Athens. It is housed in Villa Illision designed by Stamatios Kleanthis. It can be reached with the Athens Metro at the Evangelismos station.
  • Amazing museum. Underrated compared to other museums in Athens. Lots of information and a unique, very much appreciated way of exhibiting artworks. The additional exhibition of contemporary Japanese art was a nice bonus as well, though it was hard to find (perhaps because of the corona-measures). One slight point of critique, which goes for all Greek museums I have visited so far, is that it feels like you are being chased by the employees. Whenever you enter a room an employee stationed there not so subtly follows you around. This feels a bit weird is all.
  • Good overall experience. Nice spatial ambiance. Needs more work. Some of their employees were really rude.

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