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Museum of Greek Folk Art

Museum of Greek Folk Art (17 Kydathinaion Street, Plaka, Athens) — under the supervision of the Greek Ministry of Culture and Tourism, this museum contains samples of every branch of Greek folk art including embroidery, weaving, regional costumes, masquerades, shadow theatre, silverware, metal ware, pottery, woodcarving, folk painting, stone carving, and more. It displays four […]

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Museum of Cycladic Art

Museum of Cycladic Art (4 Neofitou Douka Street, Athens 10674) – opened in 1986, this museum currently displays over 3,000 artifacts of Cycladic, Ancient Greek and Cypriot art — displayed on four floors, in the galleries of the Museum (a living cultural space in the heart of Athens). One of the Museum wings that host […]

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Kaisariani Monastery

Kaisariani Monastery – this Eastern Orthodox monastery is located in the eastern outskirts of Athens, at the foot of Ymittos Hill. Built during the 11th century AD (at a site that was once an ancient temple dedicated to Aphrodite), the monastery was dedicated to the Presentation of the Virgin Mary. Many of its frescoes were […]

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Hellenic Maritime Museum

Hellenic Maritime Museum (Akti Themistokleous, Freattys, Athens) – founded in 1949, this museum is a tribute to the country’s maritime history, which is extensive. There are displays of models of ancient and modern ships, paintings by some of the greatest 19th and 20th century Greek painters of seascapes (Prossalendis, Volanakis, Hadjis, etc.); also guns, maps, […]

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Byzantine and Christian Museum

  Byzantine and Christian Museum (22 Vas. Sophias Avenue, Athens 10675) — this is one of the most important public institutions in Greece, established in 1914 in order to collect, study, preserve and exhibit the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine cultural heritage in the Hellenic territory. The museum collection contains an important number (approximately 30,000) of works […]

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Benaki Museum

  Benaki Museum (1 Koumbari St. & Vas. Sofias Avenue, Athens) – local benefactor Anthony Benaki founded this museum in 1930, is housed in a refurbished neo-classical building in the center of Athens, and has a diverse collection of Greek art, consisting of 40,000 items, illustrating the character of the Greek world through a spectacular […]

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Athens War Museum

Athens War Museum (Rizari 2, near Syntagma Square, Athens) – set up by the Greek armed forces, this museum has exhibits from various historic periods – from the ancient times, to more modern ones. Along with weapons and armored gear that Greek warriors wore in ancient times, there are artifacts (from muskets to flintlocks, pistols […]

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Archaeological Museum of Piraeus

Archaeological Museum of Piraeus (Charilaou Trikoupi 31, Athens) – this museum has artifacts from the ancient Greek city of Piraeus and nearby Mochato and Kallithea, along with the coastal areas of Attica and the islands of the Saronic Gulf. Also on display here are Mycenaean and Roman period artifacts recovered from the bottom of the […]

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Ancient Agora of Athens

  Ancient Agora of Athens (Polignotou Street, Athens) – the Greek word for “gathering place” is “agora”. This open field, located just northwest of the Acropolis, was a public space during the Ancient Greek periods (dating back to the 7th century BC). This became the center of Athenian government and Ancient Greek democracy, since this […]

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Acropolis

Acropolis (Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, Athens 11742) – this is the famed ancient citadel located on a prominent plateaued rock high above the rest of the Greek capital (Athens). It contained the remains of several buildings of significance to Ancient Greek civilization, including the Parthenon. Another significant site within the Acropolis is the Temple of Athena […]