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Benaki Museum of Islamic Art

Psirri / Gazi
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Address: 22 Agion Asomaton | & 12 Dipilou St., Athens 10553, Greece
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Phone Number: +30 21 0325 1311
09:00 - 17:00
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Thu - Sun 09:00 - 17:00

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Nice Little Museum accepting the Athens Spotlighted Card for discounts

Nice little museum associated with the Benaki Museum. Make sure to check their website for opening hours. They honor the Athens Spotlighted card here for discounts on the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 October 2016
Chestnut Ridge, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Nice little museum associated with the Benaki Museum. Make sure to check their website for opening hours. They honor the Athens Spotlighted card here for discounts on the entrance.

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Key West, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

The Beanakl museums are an Athens treasure. This particular museum is an especial find for those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the centuries-long clashes between the predominantly Christian and predominantly Islamic world views and struggles for power and influence. Certainly we felt that the collection itself was worth our time, but the overall story we thought invaluable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

This extension of the Benaki museum is close to Thissio metro and the Keramikos. It's housed in a lovely 19th century building. The collection is on 4 floors, easily accessible by either central staircase or lift. Exceptional collection of artefacts from the Islamic world, including Iznik tiles, carpets, a rebuilt Cairo mansion entrance.....There's rarely many other visitors so you may... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

I have some interest in Islamic influenced architecture and art so took advantage of tryiing a visit to this museum while on my 1st visit into Athens and am certainly glad I did. While I got lucky with visiting on one of it's "free days", it would have been well worth the small admission price. A very well laid-out presentation... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

This jewel of a museum in a restored 19th-century mansion built upon the walls of ancient Athens (the walls are visible through glass floors!) is one of the wonders of modern Athens. Antonis Benaki knew how to spend his father's vast fortune to preserve cultural heritages (this is one of three Benaki museums in Athens). The collection of objects ---... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

Boasting one of the most comprehensive collections of Islamic Art in the world, the Benaki Museum of Islamic Art should be one everyone's itinerary in Athens. Housed in a splendid neoclassical house near the metro stop of Theseion, it also has a recently opened cafe on the terrace that affords a superb view of Athens, including a rare root-top view... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

Formerly a section of the Benaki Museum moved recently into a new pavillion becoming one of the foremost European museums of İslamic art along. with Gulbenkian museum in Lissabon.The collections of the museum exhibits lesser known regions of İslamic cultural geography.

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

For a long time it had been a wish of mine to visit this museum. I was not disappointed. The collection items start from the 12-13th Century. Useful everyday items, ornaments of all sorts, beautiful Kutahia and Isnik pottery, armory, doors, all beautifully displayed in the 4 floors of this exceptional museum. Some are unique.The visit was most enjoyable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016

The Benaki Museum’s new annexe houses Antonis Benaki’s collection of Islamic art, spanning the 7th to the 19th centuries. The Museum holds over 10.000 objects, of which about 1.500 are displayed at any one time. The Islamic love of sumptuous materials and rich decoration is apparent in the collections’ elaborately patterned ceramics, intricate metal work, ornate woodcarvings, delicate glassware, textiles,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2016

Despite it's central location near Kerameikos, few tourists get to this incredible museum. The museum boasts a fascinating and expertly presented collection of art from throughout much of the Islamic world (South Asia, Middle East, North Africa, Europe). There is an archaeological site in the basement which consists of part of the ancient city wall, and a well-curated book shop.... More 

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Side-by-side neighbourhoods Psirri and Gazi provide some of the city’s prime nightlife. The almost claustrophobic streets of Psirri feature an interesting blend of original small businesses with the restaurants, cafés and bars that have recently sprouted up. The central artery of Agion Anargiron Street has lively places to eat or drink. Further west, you can visit the peaceful ancient cemetery of Keramikos, then cross busy Pireos Street to find yourself in Gazi. With the huge Technopolis performance and art complex converted from old gasworks at its heart, you really have to come at night to appreciate this maze of bars at its best, although a daytime stroll will allow you to admire the excellent street art.
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