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Byzantine and Christian Museum, 22 Vas. Sofias Ave., 106 75 Athens

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History and teachings
The Byzantine and Christian Museum, which is based in Athens, is one of Greece’s national museums. Its areas of competency are centred but not limited on religious artifacts of the Early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval, post-Byzantine and later periods which it exhibits, but also acquires, receives, preserves, conserves, records, documents, researches, studies, publishes and raises awareness of.

The museum has over 25,000 artifacts in its possession. The artifacts date from between the 3rd and 20th century AD, and their provenance encompasses the entire Greek world, as well as regions in which Hellenism flourished. The size and range of the collections and value of the exhibits makes the Museum a veritable treasury of Byzantine and post-Byzantine art and culture.

Cross-cultural dimensions
During the Medieval period, the religious element was obvious in the plethora of civilizations. A lot of countries, especially the ones that approach the Christianity (Orthodox or Catholic) have also museum of byzantine art that sometimes may be called as Museums of National History of Religious Museums. Moreover, the religious element could be found in churches and castles that are preserved over the passage of time and common elements are alwys mentioned among the countries.

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recommended for all/ unique/ does not require prior knowledge/ accessible/ free of charge

Buses: 022, 060, 203, 204, 204Β 211, 214, 220, 221, 224, 235, 608, 622, 815, Α5, Ε14, Χ14, X95, 13 METRO lines 2, 3 (SYNTAGMA & EVAGELISMOS stations)

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What Will You Learn?

  • Byzantin and Christian museum is based on a common subject of the cultural heritages of a lot of european countries, especially the religious ones. The visit in this museum provides people with the opportunity to see how the art is combined with the religion, how culture is being improved during the years, how materials that were for common use are now exhibits in a museum and how the museum institution is the one who stands for the preservation and the continuity of evdery civilization. The visit at this museum improves also the knowledge of the viewed subject, gives the opportunity for a mental trip in another world and increases the consciousness of the past and the connection if the past with our current times.

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