Athens byzantine museum - Athens

The Byzantine Museum is the most important museum in Athens because of the collections of late Antiquity and medieval Byzantine art. It was originally the Christian Archaeological Society, created in 1914, and the museum was only founded in 1924. The collections are located in the Villa Illissia, a great Renaissance Tuscan mansion built in 1848 for the Duchess of Piacenza, Sophie de Marbois-Lebrun, by the Greek architect Stamatios Kleanthis, but were before in the lower floor of the Academy of Athens between 1924 and 1930.

The collection comprises some 25,000 pieces, from the IIIrd to the Xxth century.

A refurbishment and enlargement of the museum programme was started in 1993. A 12,000 square metre underground complex has already been built to house some of the pieces. The programme's goal is to integrate the museum in a archaeological park also comprising the antique site of the Lyceum of Aristotle.

Things to see: the sculptures, silver icons, wall paintings, ceramics, fabrics, manuscripts, etchings, engravings, bronze works and mosaics.


8.30-15.00 From tuesday - sunday
Closed on Monday



Address : 22, L Athens Greece

Phone : + 30 010 72 31 570

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