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 Ilissia designed by Stamatios Kleanthis. It can be reached with the Athens Metro at the Evangelismos station.
|Monday||12:00 – 8:00 PM|
|Tuesday||8:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
|Wednesday||8:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
|Thursday||8:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
|Friday||8:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
|Saturday||8:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
|Sunday||8:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
Sofia October | Dec 6, 2017
One of really impressive museums even if you are not interested in Byzantium or Christian art. Exhibition is amazing. Also, the attention to details is awesome! Sometimes I had a filling that creators of the exhibition knew the trajectory of my eyes! Bravo!
Tadej Stepisnik Perdih | Nov 23, 2017
Museum has very good location and garden, which are worth seeing. Otherwose It is very "specific" museum. Probably very good of a person is into icons - it has big collection of Christian icons. Some of the works are definitely outstanding. Not so appealing for general public however
Steve Lesser | Jan 9, 2018
An interesting museum and displays tracing history and development from the Byzantine era. Grounds are lovely. Cafe is great place for coffee or a bite to eat.
Yaron Brodsky | Jan 6, 2018
Interesting museum. However, we visited in the winter and most of it was closed. The open parts were interesting and educational.
Dr Doctor | Feb 12, 2018
Very nice exibition, although one part of museum was temporarily closed. You have to go to nearby Caffè if you want to use the toilet...
Katia Marinaki | Mar 24, 2018
I was amazed by the vila illisia and the gardens as also the byzantine museum. I think was the first time I saw a rare icon from the 15th century of Mother Mary actually breastfeading.
Radu Manalachioae | Mar 21, 2018
Nice colection of Byzantine art and artefacts. The main attraction is in the basement.
74tankee | Apr 24, 2018
The venue looked deceptively small. However most of the exhibits are displayed in the underground hall. Could spent about 2-3 hours to peruse all the stuff. Entry fee is 8 euro. Anyone above 65 years of age is 4 euro. Once you entered from the main building, the ticket office is located on the left building and that’s where you start your journey. Most of the display are into Christian Byzantine era to 17 century painting of Christ and Mary including other themes. Other displays are marble crafting used in buildings, paraphernalia in daily life of people living in that era. All the exhibits are nicely displayed and themed. The lightings are good and very professionally maintained.
Patricia Shannon | Apr 16, 2018
Great museum, I learned a lot I didn't know about Byzantine History- but half of it was closed😕
Lia Coulouris | May 28, 2018
Lovely museum, very nicely laid out. Interesting exhibits. Fantastic cafe & restaurant in a quiet garden setting. Centrally located so it's easy to get to.
Winston Underwood | Jun 12, 2018
Best museum in Athens! Extremely well put together, I was expecting boring history but it is about archeology, history, art, and religion. Really great!
vaghela ashok | May 29, 2018
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 medieval era. 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.
Dinu Raducanu | May 11, 2018
This museum is well outside the usual touristic museums trail of Athens. I also was there out the touristic season so the place was not crowded at all. It is situated just 10 minutes north of the Syntagma square acroos the military museum. The museum covers a very important period of the post classical Greek history. The museum is superb in my view and has a very large collection of exhibits that are also very well documented and presented. The cafeteria outside is also quite nice and you can rest and have a coffee in the middle of your visit. Reserve about 2 hours for it. If your visit to Athens is longer than 2 days or you have seen the main sights (Acropollis etc...) before then this museum should definitely be on your to visit list.
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