Ancient Greece

Byzantine and Cristian Museum


Byzantine and Cristian Museum in Athens hosts significant artifacts from the epoch of Byzantium. In particular exhibits date from Byzantine and Post - Byzantine period. At that time the art was related to Christianity. Moreover the collection consists of paintings which include the rare scene of Eros, sculptures and icons.

Also it includes wood carvings and ceramics such as cups and a clay vessel. Additionally there are minor arts such as a clay lamp in the form of a fish. According to Christians the fish was the symbol of salvation and is a common place in catacombs.

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Furthermore the museum is close to Kolonaki, Syntagma square and Benaki museum. Also the Byzantine and Cristian Museum includes mosaics and wall paintings.  Such paintings include the depiction of Deesis which originates from many churches of Naxos. Also it includes textiles such as ecclesiastical artifacts.

Exhibition from Byzantium

The 20th and 21st century Art Collection consists of paintings, sculptures, minor objects as well as photographs. Chronologically these findings are from the 20th century since today. Definitely Byzantium is close related to ancient Greece.

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Cristian icons

Also the exhibition displays Copies of Byzantine and Post - Byzantine wall paintings, icons and textiles. In addition the Collection of Dionysios P Loverdos consists of Post - Byzantine icons woodcarvings. Moreover it includes manuscripts, textiles and minor objects.

The I and D Passas Foundation Collection exhibits statues and vases came from Asia. Furthermore there are copies of European paintings from the period of the beginning of the 20th. Also this collection includes vases and statues came from Europe from the same period.

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Gift shop buy souvenirs related to Byzantium

Visitors should buy copies of ancient icons, sculptures, jewelry, books, posters originated with themes of Byzantium.

Opening hours: Monday from 10.00- 16.00, Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30- 16.45

Villa Ilisia accomodates artifacts from Byzantium

Villa Ilisia houses the Byzantine and Christian museum. The Duchess of Plaisance, Sophie de Marbois gave the order to built the Villa in purpose to accommodate there.  Chronologically was the time when Athens became the capital of Greece and the Greek State independent. More specifically Stamatis Kleanthis was the architect who designed it.

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About the Duchess of Plaisance, Sophie de Marbois:

Her husband was Charles Lebrun who was the son of the military and political leader Napoleon. She was influenced by the Greek Revolution. Then she arrived to Nafplion which was the first capital of the modern Greek state. Also she supported the Mavromichalis family and sided against Kapodistrias. Finally she moved to Athens after the death of her daughter.

Location: The construct of Villa Ilisia took place between the bank of the River Ilissos and Vasilissis Sophias Avenue.

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The complex of Villa Ilisia consists of the main building and two towers with arcaded porticos on the ground floor. More specifically the main building was the residence of the Duchess of Plaisance.

Which purposes did the Villa serviced ?

After the death of the Duchess in 1854, it became the seat of military authorities. The restoration of the central building provided all the necessities so as to house the Byzantine and Christian Museum. In particular its foundation took place in 1926.  In addition the architect Aristotelis Zachos modified the rooms of the ground floor. Representations of churches dating from the establishment of Christianity were added to the rooms.

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Byzantine flag

Building project

Architect Manos Perrakis designed the construction of a new museum exactly below the complex of the Duchess of Plaisance. The completion of the construction was approximately in 1992.

22 Vasilissis Sofias, 2132139572

Opening hours (for the museum and Villa Ilisia) : from Tuesday to Sunday from 09.30- 17.30

Entrance fee:

General admission : € 8 , reduced admission: € 4


How to get there?

By bus

054, 100, 203, 204, 220, 221, 224, 235, 608, 622, 732, 815, Χ14, Χ95, Α5, Ε14 250 (stop at ‘Evangelismos’)

450, 550 (stop at ‘Ethniko Idrima Ereunon’)

060, 022 (stop at ‘Loukianou’)

01 ( stop  at "Rizari")

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Hagia sophia

Trolley buses:

3, 7, 8, 13 (stop at ‘Rigillis’)

10 ( stop at Ethniko Idrima Ereunon)

By metro: stop Evangelismos


Go for a walk to the garden of the Byzantine museum and relax to the seating area under the trees. Surely you should enjoy your coffee and eat to the café - bistro Ilisia. There enjoy the view of the Palace of the Duchess of Plaisance.

Opening hours  for the garden: Monday from 10.00- 18.00, Tuesday – Friday : 09.30- 18.00, Saturday and Sunday from 09.30- 19.00. In addition the café - bistro Ilisia is also open the same hours. tel : ( +30) 2110120441-2, ( +30) 2132139607

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