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    THE Archeologikon Mousion holds more masterpieces of ancient art than anywhere else. Spanning perhaps 7,000 years, exhibits represent every period of ancient Greek history and every site underneath from the world of the ancient Greeks.

    Located at Patission 44. Open Mon 12.30am7pm, Tues-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat-Sun 8.30am-3pm. Marble and bronze statues, vases and archaeological treasures from prehistoric times to the Byzantine era, including the acclaimed Minoan frescoes from Santorini. The best museum of Greek artifacts.

    You will want to dedicate at least half a day to browsing through the fabulous treasury of sculpture, frescos, vases, jewelry, figurines, coins and everyday implements, and no matter how

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    The Mycenaean Room (no. 4) holds the famous gold death mask of an Achaean king. It was recovered from the royal chamber tombs at Mycenae in 1876 by Heinrich Schliemann, who was convinced it was that of Agamemnon, hero of the battle of Troy. In fact, the mask dates from the 16th century BC, at least three centuries earlier. Also look out for the 15th-century BC gold Vaphio cups, which depict the capture of wild bulls in a net, and the silver libation vessel in the shape of a bull’s head, with gold horns and a rosette.

    An adjoining room has important works of early Sycladic Sculpture (2800-2300 BC), including a rare, standing male figure playing a double flute.

    The museum’s statuary rates universal acclaim. In rooms 7, 8, 11 and 13 you can see the progression of kouroi (standing male figures) through the archaic period to the superb Kroisos tomb statue of 520 BC. Amongst other marble highlights are Phrasikleia (540 BC) the Attic maiden, and the head of Hygeia, goddess of health, possibly by Praxiteles, which is considered one of the finest works in Greek sculpture.

    Many of the ground-floor rooms are lined with marble stele – gravestones with relief sculptures depicting poignant farewell to the dead.

    In room 15 you’ll find the famous bronze of Poseidon (460 BC), standing poised to hurl his trident. It was dredged up out of the sea in 1928 by fishermen off the island of Euboea. The same men also discovered the bronze Jockey of Artmision (2nd century BC), urging on his branded steed, which is now on view in the Hall of the Stairs.

    The Yoth from Antikythera (340 BC), another outstanding bronze, can be seen in room no. 28. The figure is believed to represent Paris apple, as it has been ascertained that his extended right hand once held a round object.

    Other notable bronzes include the Head of a Philospher (3rd century BC) and the Man from Delos (100 BC).

    At the top of the stairs is one of the museum’s prime attractions: vivid Minoan frescos estimated to be 3500 years old from the volcanic island of Thera (Santorini). Afisherman, boxing children, an antelope, and a spring landscape are among the graceful and sensitive portrayals of the great sea-going civilization of Crete. These frescos will one day be returned to the excavation site of Akrotiri, in keeping with the long-range plants of the Ministry of Culture to return some of the archaeological treasures to museums at their places of origin.

    The upper floor houses an extensive collection of vases. Among the black-figure vases from the 6th century BC, watch for the famous jar showing Hercules fighting the centaur Nessos.

    The Numismatic Museum, with its coin collection, can also be found here.

    The museum lies just 10 minutes from Omonia Square, along 28 Oktovriou (Patission) Street. Descriptions are listed in English, French and German as well as Greek.

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    The decorative figures painted on Greek vases have been an important source of information about the ancient civilization and religion. The vase collection in the National Archaeological Museum dates from the first painted pottery of the Bronze age (2000 BC) and displays and extensive range of styles.

    Flora and fauna decorate the Creto-Mycenaean vases of 1700-1400 BC. Those of the Archaic period (1000-600 BC) are adorned with geometric patterns and sometimes animals. Black-figure vases were the predominant style from 600 to 480 BC; subject from history or mythology were painted in black silhouettes on a red ochre background. These were replaced by the red-figure vases of the classical age (480-320 BS), when replaced by the red-figure vases of the classical age (480-320 BC), when both mythological and festive scenes were painted in fine detail on a black or white background.
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      • Titania (Hotel)
        0.71 Km from National Archaeological Museum
        Titania Hotel is a 4 star historic hotel in the center of Athens, Greece. It is located on Panepistimiou Street, in the heart of the historical and commercial centre of the Greek capital, between the two major squares, Syntagma and Omonoia. Titania has been renovated in 2004 and 2007, is decorated with Pentelic marble, and exquisite inlaid mosaics with themes from Greek history. Titania has two of the largest conference centers in central Athens, the "Europa" and "Ouranos", h...
      • National Gallery (Athens)
        2.08 Km from National Archaeological Museum
        The National Art Gallery and Alexander Soutzos Museum (Greek: Εθνική Πινακοθήκη, Ethniki Pinakothiki) is an art museum in Athens devoted to Greek and European art from the 14th century to the 20th century. It is directed by Marina Lambraki-Plaka.
      • Badminton Theater
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      • Folk Art Museum of Acharnes
        9.61 Km from National Archaeological Museum
        The Folk Art Museum of Acharnes is a museum in Acharnes, a northern suburb of Athens, Greece. It was founded in 1977 by the local Greek Mountaineering Society, which also formed the Historical and Folklore Association in 1981, to which it bequeathed the museum in 1982. The archaeological part of the collection was then separated from the historical and folklore material and was given to the Hellenic Ministry of Culture. Former Minister Melina Mercouri founded for it the Archaeological Museum of ...
      • Vorres Museum
        10.86 Km from National Archaeological Museum
        The Vorres Museum is a diachronic museum of folk and contemporary art in Paiania, East Attica, Greece. Its grounds cover 80 acres (320,000 m2) including several buildings, gardens and courtyards. Its collection includes over 6000 pieces covering 4000 years of Greek history and art. The museum has been donated by the Vorres family to the Greek state. Its President and Founder was Ian Vorres (1924 - 2015), who studied in Canada at Queen's University and Toronto University.
      • Ano Liosia Olympic Hall
        11.06 Km from National Archaeological Museum
      • Attica Zoological Park
        15.33 Km from National Archaeological Museum
        Attica Zoological Park, is a 20-hectare (49-acre) private zoo located in the Athens suburb of Spata, Greece. The zoo is home to about 2000 animals representing 400 species, and is open 365 days per year. Attica Zoological Park is a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).
      • Marathon Dam
        24.89 Km from National Archaeological Museum
        The Marathon Dam is a gravity dam on the Charadros River, near its junction with the Varnavas Stream, 8 km (5 mi) west of Marathon and 45 km (28 mi) northeast of Athens in Greece. The dam created Lake Marathon for the primary purpose of municipal water supply. Constructed between 1926 and 1929, it was the sole supplier of water to Athens until 1959. The dam is often cited for its role in the modernization of Greece and the first recorded case of seismic activity associated with reservoir inundat...
      • Terra Vibe Park
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        Terra Vibe is a park in Attica, Greece, which is used as a venue for large-scale outdoor events, such as concerts and festivals. Opened in 2004, it has hosted events such as the Rockwave Festival and Terra Vibe Festival, and covers 40 acres (160,000 m2). In 2010, the Sonisphere Festival took place and the Big Four of thrash metal performed with headliners Metallica. Mötley Crüe were due to play Rockwave in 2009 as part of the Crüe Fest tour but due to heavy rain in the Malakasa area, the venue w...

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      • Omonia Square
        Omonia Square is a massive, roaring roundabout whose radiating streets link the capital to its mainland provinces. Beneath its central fountains lie the central subway station and a shopping centre.

        Though the cafes and neon signs recall Piccadilly Circus or Times Square – only more grimy – Omonia, which means ‘concord’, is the most representative of all Athenian squares. It’s a focal point for Greeks visiting from the countryside, and here life surges on in the streets and the kafeneia (coffee houses) with insouciant disregard for foreign tourists.
        Omonia Square Omonoia Square, Athina 104 31, Greece
      • Athens

        Athens is Europe's southern-most capital city and the gateway to Greece and the ancient world. Its renowned hallmark is the gleaming marble of the monuments of the Acropolis, which rise triumphantly above the city, proud survivors of the ravages of man and time.

        People have dwelt on this rock for some 5,000 years — a lineage so ancient as to make all other European cities seem young by comparison.

        Below, in the ancient Agora, or marketplace, Socrates held his dialogues, and the system of democracy e know today had its beginning, making Athens the cradle of Western civilization. It is this rich history that continues, to act as a magnet for travellers throughout the world. Modern Athens is far removed from the elegant splendour of its classical ruins.

        The sprawl of steel and concrete retches up into the surrounding hills as far as the eye can see. (Remarkably for a city of this size, there are no skyscrapers and under a dozen tall buildings.) Aesthetics have fallen by the wayside during the 20th century, for a massive influx of rural Greeks and repatriated countrymen from Turkey has made a necessity of rapid (and frenzied) growth.

        Today, metropolitan Athens, along with the adjoining city and port of Piraeus, is home to more than 4 million people, a figure that equals nearly half the population of the entire country.

        It is fitting, too, that the venerable monuments of Athens, built by the ancient citizens, should still stand in the viable heart of their descendants. Historian Thomas William Rolleston wrote: "The elements which in the most remote times have entered into nation’s composition endure through all its history, and help to mould that history, and to stamp the character and genius of the people."

        Athens has always been a world crossroads. Having dealt with invaders throughout its history, the city has coped well with the tourist bombardment of recent years (Greece receives around 10 million visitors a year!). Even those heading for the islands often spend at least a night or two in Athens, and for many, this is a destination in its own right. If the urban din gets too much, mountain villages, get- away islands and beaches are easily accessible.

        Athens, a city very much on the move, absorbs effortlessly its waves of visitors, while straining its Hellenic ingenuity for greater commercial and in industrial prominence. Yet in the end, regardless of how modern it becomes or the extent of the progress it achieves, it will always uphold the splendid heritage evoked by its very name.

        One of the oldest remaining cities on the face of the planet, Athens has stood at the center of the world for thousands of years as a leader in philosophy, history, culture, and mythology. From places such as the Acropolis—often credited as the birthplace of modern civilization—with the Parthenon, the Erectheon, and temples to Zeus, Agora, Athena, and Dionysus, to places such as the National Archeological Museum or the harbor of Piraeus, Athens is a symbol of what Europe has been over the millennia: the birthplace of the humanities. 

        Classical Athens is how most people prefer to remember the city, and it is the basis for the tourism that forms the major industry of this Greek city. It was the centre for arts, philosophy, science, math, and more. Plato’s Academy was based here, as was Aristotle’s Lyceum, and it was here that democracy was first born. In fact, many people call this the cradle of Western civilization, and the proof of that has been well-preserved over the years. In addition, the city was host to the first modern Olympic Games back in 1896, hearkening back to the times when the ancient games had been hosted in Olympia from 776 B.C. to 393 A.D. 

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      • Eleftheriou Venizelou

        Panepistimiou (also called Venixelou), with several 19th-century neoclassical buildings, runs parallel with Stadiou.  Either are a great way to walk from Syntagma Square to Omonia Square and catch some sights.

        The first building you’ll pass is the former home of German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann (1822-90), who found the ancient palace of Troy and underneath the tombs at Mycenae. Up under roof you’ll see engraved ‘IIiou Melathron’ (palace on troy).

        Further along you’ll find the Academy of Arts, the University and the National Library. Their sculpted, gilded facades mimis the classical style. Athena and Apollo stand atop the Ionic columns at the Academy, while Socrates and Plato sit at the entrance. The Library has nearly a million books and manuscripts, including amazing hand-illuminated Gospels of the 19th and 11th centuries.

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      • Agioi Theodoroi Church
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        Agioi Theodoroi Church Pl. Agion Theodoron, Athina 105 61, Greece
      • Mount Lycabettus Viewing Area
        For spectacular views of the city, take the cable car at the end of Ploutarchou in Kolonaki.
        Mount Lycabettus Viewing Area Parthenon,, Athina 114 71, Greece
      • Numismatic Museum of Athens
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        Numismatic Museum of Athens El. Venizelou 12, Athina 106 71, Greece
      • Church of Panaghia Kapnikarea
        Built in the 11th-century Kapnikarea, on Ermou, is one of Athens’ best-preserved Byzantine churches. A modern master, Fotis Kondoglou, was responsible for the fine paintings inside.
        Church of Panaghia Kapnikarea Kapnikareas, Athina 105 56, Greece
      • Syntagma Square

        Ringed by banks, deluxe hotels, generic fastfood eateries and travel agencies, Syntagma (Constitution) Square is the central reference point for the most visitors to Athens. It also makes a convenient rendezvous spot for Athenians working in the city centre. Orange trees, cypresses and palms somehow survive the fumes that are emitted by constant traffic swinging into Syntagma from eight major thoroughfares.

        Syntagma Square Pl. Sintagmatos, Athina 105 63, Greece

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        • Museum has a very big and nice exposition. What was uncomfortable - lack of logical order of moving from one room to another. There are a lot of intersections and sometimes you can't be sure have you visited some of parts or not. It would be nice to make it more user friendly.
        • It's a year since I visited and what I loved most was coming face to face with the hero's and villains I studied in ancient history. Seeing their personal possessions and weapons, most of all their humanity. The displays are well set out and have explanations in English and Greek. There are lifts within the museum but they are not obvious. If you need to use the elevators phone ahead and make sure they are all operating. There is a lovely cafe in a courtyard downstairs surrounded by enormous statues found in the Antikythera wreck and a magical garden. The main toilets are there as well as an interesting gift shop. I found the staff very helpful. Approaching staff with a smile and politeness helps. Hope you will enjoy your visit as much as I did, can't wait to go back!
        • A walk through mankind's history from it's earliest beginnings and it's numerous setbacks. Stunning, even chilling, statuary and of course the Antikythera mechanism, a 2000 plus year old computer is on display here. Archaeological museums of this magnitude bring to mind mankind's inability to see past it's humanistic desires and self-destructiveness. A lesson in Darwinism or at least mankind's contribution to the Darwin awards. In other words, multiple reboots of civilization have occurred for one reason or another.
        • This is of course absolutely must to see in Athens. Take in account there is a free parking close to the museum. You may not use a nearest valet parking lot.
        • If you mainly just want to see the Antikythera Mechanism then you can save your time and money. The section (as well as a few more sections) where the mechanism is on display are currently off limit, apparently due to staff shortage. None of the staff there know when will they re open the section. No apology and the lack of information especially from the info desk lady is ridiculous!


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