With 4,000 works – including more than 300 masterpieces – and 25,000 square metres of exhibition rooms in the middle of seven hectares of landscaped gardens overlooking the Parthenon as a mirror, no museum has ever revived the past as much this one has. Designed by Franco-Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi, the museum recalls Euclid and Pythagoras for its geometric lines. Resting on pilings that extend down to the existing excavations, the lower level floats on a glass floor. Like the path the Athenians used to take up to the temple, a ramp leads you to an intermediate space, which showcases the sculptures of the Acropolis on columns.
Then you come into a room that has the exact dimensions of the Parthenon theatre. The frieze that adorned it is missing some fragments, which are in the British Museum and the Louvre, but are here reproduced identically, which evokes its unique beauty. A real emotion emerges and you experience life as it once was, with its sounds and its smells.
Dionysiou Areopagitou 15
117 42 Athens
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