Byzantine and Christian Museum: when Greece became Christian

Byzantine and Christian Museum: when Greece became Christian

Beyond 20 centuries of religion, this museum traces the history of a culture, a civilisation.

Originally, these statues, icons, frescoes, and ceramics were exhibited at the National Archaeological Museum. When the foundation that is now dedicated to them was created, all these precious objects were stored in various places before joining, in 1930, one of the most beautiful houses of Athens. The Llisia Villa was built on the model of Tuscan Palladian palaces and is still the jewel among these gems.

With more than 25,000 artefacts, its collections are organised into two eras, covering almost 2,000 years of religious and cultural history on the Greek archipelago, from the 3rd to the 20th century. The first, which goes from ancient times to the Byzantine era, discusses Christianity and Coptic Egypt, and recounts the daily life of these first Christians. The second picks up from there, going from the Byzantine era to the Ottoman conquest, and among other things, puts the different influences of the West for example, that of Venice and the Orient into perspective.

End the visit at the museum's gardens, and enjoy their cooling atmosphere, genuine haven of peace in the very heart of Athens.

Byzantine and Christian Museum
Leoforos Vasilissis Sofias 22
106 75 Athens

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