Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens

Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens (must see)

The collection in this museum is dedicated to exhibits from early Christian relics and art from the Byzantine Empire that flourished before the Crusades. The collection consists of art from the 4th to the 19th centuries AD.

The Byzantine and Christian Museum is located in the Llissia mansion that was once the winter residence of the Duchess of Piacenza. The old building was designed and constructed by architect Stamatis Kleanthis and completed in 1848. It was converted into a Museum in 1930. Three underground display halls were added in 1993 to accommodate the vast collection of objects belonging to the Museum. The courtyard has a fountain with an ancient Christian Mosaic and the surrounding walls have architectural fragments from many ancient Churches.

The museum has a collection of 15,000 ancient Christian exhibits. These include sculpture, costumes, paintings, ornaments, 3500 icons, oil lamps depicting scenes from Roman and Christian traditions from the 3rd to the 6th centuries and sacred jewelry. There are also rare gold coins from the Byzantine Empire and a ceramic collection of objects found from ships wrecked near Egypt.

The Museum has a conservation department that organizes educational programs for children for the purpose of teaching them about the Byzantine Empire that flourished in the region for over 1000 years.

Why You Should Visit:
One of the best museums of Christian art to see. Very rich collections, beautifully arranged spaces and valuable descriptions from which you can learn a lot.
The path of sightseeing is clearly marked, and there is no wandering around the halls like in many other museums.
The outside setting is peaceful and magical, with a lovely cafe at the back.

Tip:
Don't miss the room of modern paintings just before the exit.
A combined ticket with the National Archaeological Museum is of good value.

Opening Hours:
Tue: 12:30pm-8pm; Wed-Sun, Mon: 8am-8pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Byzantine and Christian Museum
Sight Location: Athens, Greece
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery

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