Benáki Museum : Michelin's recommendations
This museum, which is built in an individual residence of the 19C, and which is devoted above all to Greek and Oriental art, houses the collection of Antoine Benáki (1873-1954), a patron of the arts who founded a line in Egypt. The museum was completed by subsequent donations, and is tastefully presented, in an atmosphere recalling that of a Patrician residence from the start of the century. The ground floor houses collections of ancient Greek art which include an outstanding series of gold objects and jewels. The Byzantine and post-Byzantine art rooms notably present a remarkable series of icons; in another room you can study a rare collection of earthenware said to be from Rhodes, but actually made in Asia Minor (16 and 17C) and Fatimides ceramics decorated with rich imagery (11 and 12C). In the basement, a large collection of regional costumes and traditional jewels; go back in time by visiting the reception room (late 18C), reconstituted from a Kozáni residence (Macedonia). On the 1st floor, several rooms are given over to the war of independence (portraits of heroes, and weapons), and to the history of Athens from the 17 to the 19C. The museum also has a rich collection of works from the Far East, notably Chinese ceramics.
- Address : 1 r. Koumbari GR - 10674 Athína10674Athína
- Phone : 2103671000
- E-mail : email@example.com
- Website : http://www.benaki.gr
- Prices : 7 €
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