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Bronze shields on the marble retaining walls commemorates modern Greek military victories. There’s also an engraved epitaph from Pericles’ funeral oration (430 BC), honoring the Athenians killed in the first year of the Pelopontombs lie underneath Building occupies and upper corner of the sprawling National Garden (Ethnikos Kipos).
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.
Ancient Greek and Byzantine art, jewellery, icons, costumes, skills and tapestries.
The Benaki Museum (located on on Vasilissis Sofias and Koumbari Streets) features the handsome private collection of a wealthy Greek art lover in his family mansion. It includes ancient gold and silver jewellery, as well as Byzantine art, traditional Greek costumes, ceramics and icons.
The Museum of Cycladic and Ancient Greek Art is devoted to the Bronze Age art of the Cyclades Islands, and also has Greek works dating from Minoan to Roman times.
Contains Cycladic and Ancient Greek Art. Neophytou Douka 4; Open Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri 10am-4pm; Sat 10am-3pm; closed Tues and Sun. Free on Sat. Bronze Greek art from Minoan to Roman times.
The Cycladic marble figurines, which date from during the 3rd millennium BC, are a rare phenomenon in prehistoric art; yet the simple, minimalist features look simple, minimalist features look strangely modern. This rich collection was amassed by the Goulandris Foundation and housed in a cool, modern building. Special exhibitions are also presented here.
The Monument of Lysicrates (Mnimion Liskratous) dates from the 4th century BC. The six Corinthaian columns support a dome built from a single block of marble.
On top stood a bronze tripod awarded to a boys’ chorus in a drama competition staged in 334 BC. The frieze depicts Dionysus transforming Etruscan pirates into dolphins. In the 17th century, Capuchin monks incorporated the monument in their monastery (which later burned down).
In 1810 Lord Byron stayed there and wrote poetry sitting between the columns.
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