Byzantine and Christian Museum

Byzantine and Christian Museum

The Byzantine and Christian Museum, founded in 1914, features a small art collection specialized in religious artefacts, dating from the fourth to the twentieth century.  

The gallery is located in a beautiful Byzantine-style villa constructed in 1848, which used to belong to a French Dame.

Exhibits

The museum’s permanent collection is divided into three main sections; the first part is specialized in art dating from Antiquity to the Byzantine period; the second section features Byzantine works of art and the third displays items dating from the Byzantine to the Modern period.

The gallery houses approximately 25,000 items, including religious artifacts, mosaics, sculptures, paintings, and embroidery work from the vast Byzantine Empire.

Two of the museum’s highlights are a reconstruction of a fifth-century Christin Basilica and a ninth-century Byzantine church.

Religious artifacts and more

Renovated in 2004, the Byzantine and Christian Museum displays one of the most impressive Byzantine Art collections in the world. It features extremely interesting exhibitions, for example, one that explains how the Parthenon was transformed into a Christian Church during a certain period.

Schedule

Wednesday - Monday: 8 am - 8 pm
Tuesday: 1 pm - 8 pm

Price

Adults: 4 (US$ 4.30) from November to March, and 8 (US$ 8.70) from April to October.
Under 25s: Free admission.
Special deal: 15 (US$ 16.20) (valid for 3 days for this museum, the Archaeological Museum, and the Numismatic Museum).

Transport

Metro: Evangelismos, line 3.
Bus: Rigillis, lines 54, 200, 203, 204, 220, 221, 224, 235, 400, 408, 419, 601, 603, 608, 622, 732, 815,
Α5, Γ5, Ε6, Ε7, Ε14 and Χ14; Evangelismos, line 250; Ethniko Idryma Ereunon, lines 450 and 550; Loukianou, lines 22 and 60.
Trolleybus: Rigillis, lines 3, 7, 8 and 13; Ethniko Idryma Ereunon, line 10.

Nearby places

Athens War Museum (71 m) Museum of Cycladic Art (168 m) Benaki Museum (390 m) Kolonaki (396 m) National Gallery of Athens (422 m)