A former ducal residence (dating back to 1848) houses the Byzantine Museum of Athens ... More
Byzantine & Christian Museum
A former ducal residence (dating back to 1848) houses the Byzantine Museum of Athens (Βυζαντινό και Χριστιανικό Μουσείο). Its collection shows how Greek art evolved from the 4th to the 19th century. Standing out for their beauty and craftsmanship are the works of religious art. These include a great number of icons, wall paintings, reliefs and statues. In addition to these, clothes, coins, mosaics, jewelry, manuscripts, wood carvings, and many other items are on display. Copies of these exhibits can be bought at the museum shop.
The weirdest and most stupid museum staff I've ever seen.
Mostly young girls - seemingly guides - gathered in groups to gossip and laugh and were terribly noisy. In some rooms there were no guides while in some rooms even 4 of them were making noise together!
I really wanted to explore the museum, but this kind of staff made it impossible.
I even asked some of them to keep quiet, but only got typical Athenian murderous looks after which they started even louder talking together.
There were museum-builders in some rooms who were also working loudly in same space with us with no walls in between.
Weird! Yet typical in Athens: arrogant and tourist-unfriendly.
The layout of the museum is chronological and the quality of the artwork is wonderful.
An airy space, I couldn't help but enjoy each section and was able to look over the areas where I'd been previously.
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