Athens Museums and Galleries, Athens
Favorite thing: This small museum is situated on the Acropolis, just next to the Parthenon. It contains finds from the Holy Rock. The exhibits are put chronologically. You'll see the characteristic Kouri and Kores, statues of the Archaic period (6th cent. BC) as well as pediments from the archaic temple of Athena. The statues were not actually white but painted with vivid colors. Check out the colors that still remain, though fainted in the Kore No. 674. The legends of Greece come almost alive as you see sculptures depicting Hercules fighting with beasts or Athena and Zeus fighting against the Titans. Don't miss the reconstructions of Partenon's pediments and the original Caryatids. Those at the Erecthion are copies. One of them is missing though. She's in the British museum.
Here's a ticket to more than one of the objects :) Just to let you know what it looks like.
Don't pay much attention to the price, I'm a student so I pay only half of it - and I don't remember whose ticket this one was ;)))
Favorite thing: There are several museums in Athens that house archaic and classical sculptures and artifacts, among them The ones at the Agora and the Acropolis. This statute [of Apollo I think] is from the National Archaeological Museum.
It is one of the most important museum in Athens and Greece, with the most important collection of ancient greek art, like sculptures, art from prehistoric period, potteries, bronzes and several exhibits from greek art. The construction of the museum was begun in 1866 and completed in 1889.
Adress: Patission 44 St, Athens 10682
Telephone +30-210-8217717, 8217724
Summer Opening Hours (they will ne different during the OLYMPIC GAMES)
Winter Opening Hours
Tuesday- Sunday: 08.30-15.00
More than 1,000 objects are displayed in this museum dating from 3,000 B.C. to AD 400.
They provide striking evidence of a culture of the Aegeans some 5,000 years ago.
This is the museum that had the Salvidor Dali exhibit.
Fondest memory: I was able to see the exhibit of Salvador Dali most impressive art works.
Maybe the Acropolis didn't live up to the expectations I had in mind. But there were otehr reasons to smile .... good weather and a good friend.
Sometimes, that's all you need to be happy. Come to think of it, if I had a good friend with me, I think even a hail storm wouldn't drag me down :)
Check that smile out ...
" ... nor will they ever enter Paradise until the camel passes through the needle's eye ...."
I was looking for paradise. I couldn't find camels in Greece so I tried the nest best thing. Fitting the Parthenon in Ivan's galsses seemed a task worthy enough of winning me the paradise I had come seeking.
Maybe there was something wrong with my concept of paradise ...
There were nit-pickers like BPC and then there were those who found their own peace among it all. Mister Pensive here was oblivious to everythign around him. He stared down at Athens from atop the Acropolis and I click, click, clicked away.
I hope he figured out whatever he was trying to ...
Ah yes ... perspective does make it bette.r Not quite there yet, but better nonetheless. If you try really hard, you can imagine that the scaffoldings and reinforcements aren't there. A bit tiresome really, but I'm just being too picky, eh?
Ugly metal or not: the Acropolis was worth it.
Favorite thing: After years of dreaming that one day I would stand under the Parthenon and look up at the columns in reverent awe ... this came as a rather nasty shock. They were getting ready for the Olympics. The scaffoldings ruined a dream of a lifetime. I was bitterly disappointed. This must have been a better place in those days .... back when the peplos was still the height of fashion ;)
Favorite thing: Athens was strange play on the mind. Behind everything was something of dire conflict. This view from the acropolis was just a start .... the magnificent arches framing those nasty rooftops. I must admit, though: those rooftops looked much better from the distance ...
The National Art Gallery and Alexandros Soutzos Museum is the most important institution to Greece. The subjects are the history of Greek and Western European Art.
It has been in operation since 1976. Address is: 1 Michalakopoulou str - 50 Vas. Constantinou st. 115 28 Athens
Fondest memory: The most important collections are Greek Painting (19th and 20th century) and European paintings.
I love impressionist art work and so Picasso's piece was most interesting to me.
There are also Miro pieces of art work, which was my friends favorite artist.
The Museum of Cycladic Art held the Salvador Dali Exhibit while I was there.
It opened its doors in 1986 and has an emphasis on the Cycladic civilization.
Founder is Nicholas P. Goulandris
Fondest memory: Please see my travelogue for pictures of Dalis' art peices.
The most memorable memory was waiting in the que to see Dali artwork. It is most impressive to MANY people. He was a genius.
There are many things to do in Athens with many museums. I went to the Benaki museum the first day. Very excellent museums in Greece!
I went there my first day of arrival and it was just a start of what my eyes would see of the history of this country........I was amazed.
Fondest memory: I also saw the first Greek priest also seeing the history in the museum. Everyone wants to see this famous history.
In the building of the Old Hellenic Parliament, is housed the National Historical Museum.
In the enclosure of the Museum, is situated the bronze statue of Theodors Kolokotronis on horseback, which was made in Paris, in 1900 by the sculptor Lazaros Sohos and to which was awarded prize in 1900 and 1904.