The Byzantine and Christian Museum

Religious art in an unforgettable setting makes for an excellent visit.

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The Byzantine and Christian Museum

A hidden gem

This museum might not be one of the most popular and it may not appear in all the guides to the city, yet it is home to some of Athens' most stunning secrets. Well worth a visit for the building alone, the museum is located in a spectacular Byzantine-style villa built in 1848. Within this beautiful estate, visitors will find a collection covering all types of art, from textiles to paintings and sculptures, which is divided into three different eras: before, during and after the Byzantium period. It is definitely the city's most important museum in terms of religious art. The collection also includes reconstructions of a 5th-century Christian basilica and an 11th-century Byzantium church. This large house, found at 22 Vasilissis Sofias Avenue, is not in the city centre but is easily reached by taking metro line 3 to the Evangelismos station.

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