Byzantine Museum : Michelin's recommendations
The Byzantine Museum is the only one in Europe entirely devoted to Byzantine art. From 1840 to 1848 the famous Greek architect Kleanthis built this residence, in Italian Renaissance style, for the Duchess of Plaisance, the wife of General Le Brun; the duchess had ardently embraced the cause of Greek independence, and subsidised the government of Capodistrias. On the ground floor of the residence, for the presentation of religious sculptures, the rooms have been arranged to suggest churches. The 1st room evokes a small early Christian basilica. Here you will notice a funerary stela (4 - 5C A.D.) depicting Orpheus charming the animals. The 2nd houses the Byzantine sculptures proper (bas-reliefs from the 9 to the 13C). The 3rd reproduces a small church with cupola, in the form of a Greek cross, of which there are many in Athens. The 4th reconstitutes a church from the time of the Turkish occupation. On the 1st floor you will see icons ranging from the 9 to the 15C (note a Virgin with Child and a Crucifixion of the 14C), liturgic objects and embroideries, a parchment from Cappadocia from the 6th century containing a text from the Gospels, frescos, notably those from the churches of Lakonia (14C) and Naxos (13C), and a mosaic icon from Asia Minor (14C B.C.).
- Address : 22 av. Vasillissis-Sofias GR - 10675 Athína10675Athína
- Phone : 2132139572
- E-mail : email@example.com
- Website : http://www.byzantinemuseum.gr
- Prices : 4 € (-18 years old free of charge)
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