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Found in a beautiful mansion, this museum is perfect for finding out about the country's past.

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Benaki Museum

A visual journey through history

This museum was opened in 1931 by Antonio Benakis in memory of his father, Emmanuel Benakis. This family began in Egypt to amass what would become an extensive collection and which led to the opening of its first museum in Alexandria. It then opened this museum in Athens, adding a range of Greek pieces to its large collection of Islamic and Byzantium art. Today, this has become one of the city's leading museums. Spread over four floors of a neoclassical mansion, which merits a visit in itself, the Benaki Museum takes visitors on a journey through a large part of global art history. Finally, and as perhaps the highlight of any visit, its collection includes two pieces by El Greco.



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