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Byzantine & Christian Museum
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Reviewed 3 November 2017

Great vivid paintings from the Byzantine Period. Located between Syntagma square, the museum has a very nice collection of Christian history especially Orthodox. Worth the time. I would for sure visit it again.

Thank CRISTOS_AGAPE
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Reviewed 28 October 2017

This is well worth a visit. The museum is well laid out and has fascinating items with useful labelling in English and Greek for everything. The exhibits are quite varied and include some fabulous icons. Children receive a booklet to complete (it is quite sophisticated, perhaps for the older child rather than under 7s) and the staff are friendly and helpful. The grounds are also beautiful.

Thank ETSOsborne
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Reviewed 23 October 2017

If you like art, definitely visit this one. It's a short walk from Syntagma (or bus ride) and although it looks small, its an extensive collection, kept mostly in a well laid out souterrain - not sure what the main building is actually is for! For the 8 EURO entrance fee, you get a rather nice and easily digestible history of Byzanz in Greek and English, illustrated by just the right number of well-laid out and labelled exhibits, followed by some original frescoes salvaged from a chapel. For me personally, the highlights were the icons. I love art but I am not a particular icon lover, but what is exhibited here is absolutely stunning - great preservation (or restoration? ) of detail and colour, and good explanations of the different icon schools from early Byzantine icons to icons from the 20th Century (the emphasis is on those up to about 1700).

Because the collection is underground, its a great place to visit in the middle of the day, as its nice and cool. And they open until 20.00 so its a great place after dark too. For us, we decided on this one over the Archaeological Museum (I have been there, and will again go on my next visit) and it was a good choice! Barely anyone in there, quiet, calm, friendly.
I would say it takes close to two hours for the casual visitor, but longer if you are really into Christian art.

My only point of criticism: the Museum Shop is completely lacklustre. I wasn't sure whether it was allowed to take photograph in the museum (so didn't take any) but I would have loved to take one or the other image home, as a postcard or a magnet, as they are so unique! The churchey shops in Aiolou just can't match the variety of these icons. So they have a few postcards, but nothing to represent the colour and uniqueness of their icon collection.

Thank Anja-Superlekker
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Reviewed 19 October 2017

Housed in a beautiful 19th century villa, the courtyard and gardens alone are worth visiting! The collection itself consists of icons, paintings, choir screens, jewellery and religious artefacts from across the Byzantine Empire. It is worth making the point that icon painting is not always appreciated for its artistic merits, but the icons on display here are in a very different class to those that can be seen in situ in many orthodox churches and monasteries in Greece. The icons in the museum are quite obviously works of art and in combination with the religious paintings, this is a very fine art gallery indeed. Don't miss the room of modern paintings just before the exit. A combined ticket with the National Archaeological Museum is good value.

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Reviewed 18 October 2017

A fairly large collection of icons and other objects is housed on multiple levels. English explanations are provided for each item. Walking through the exhibit - after a while you get the feeling that there is a certain sameness about it. We visited the Benaki museum the next day - which we felt as a better investment in time - with a more eclectic collection. This museum, the adjacent War Museum, the Benaki Museum and the Cycladic Art Museum are all within a short walk of each other - and an easy stroll from our hotel (the Athens Hilton)

Thank Fred C
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