Benaki Museum of Islamic Art

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Benaki Museum of Islamic Art

Benaki Museum of Islamic Art
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The Benaki Museum of Islamic Art is situated in a Neo-Classical building complex in the Kerameikos neighbourhood. It is the only museum of its kind in Greece, featuring a unique collection of world-renowned artifacts, one of the top-ten collections worldwide. The evolution of Islamic civilisation from the first appearance of Islam up to the Ottoman period and the corresponding development of Islamic art up to the 19th century are demonstrated by more than 8,000 works of art, including ceramics, gold, metalwork, textiles and glass, smaller groupings of bone objects, inscribed funerary steles and weaponry, as well as the marble-faced interior of a reception room from a 17th-century Cairo mansion. During the preservation works of the building, a section of the ancient city wall of Athens was uncovered at the basement level; it is now accessible to visitors. More information at http://bit.ly/2YPAtwg
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from $11.12
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Neighborhood: Psirri / Gazi
Side-by-side neighborhoods Psirri and Gazi provide some of the city’s prime nightlife. The almost claustrophobic streets of Psirri feature an interesting blend of original small businesses with the restaurants, cafés and bars that have recently sprouted up. The central artery of Agion Anargiron Street has lively places to eat or drink. Further west, you can visit the peaceful ancient cemetery of Keramikos, then cross busy Pireos Street to find yourself in Gazi. With the huge Technopolis performance and art complex converted from old gasworks at its heart, you really have to come at night to appreciate this maze of bars at its best, although a daytime stroll will allow you to admire the excellent street art.
How to get there
  • Thissio • 4 min walk
  • Monastiraki • 8 min walk
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permia
Ireland37,186 contributions
Engrossing
Mar 2020
Covering centuries across numerous countries it’s a superlative selection of eclectic treasures. Set in an imposing Neo-Classical house that provides a fine backdrop to the displays.

Ceramics, tiles and metal works are exquisite. Golden jewellery often inlaid with precious gemstones is attractively well represented.

Wood carving, on doors and panels is gorgeous with decorative flourishes. Glass vessels are beautiful.

An elegant Egyptian mansion reception room reflects the lives lived by the higher echelons during the Ottoman Empire. It has an inlaid marble floor and comes from the 17th century.

Swords and other weapons feature in the exhibits. An array of swords and daggers have inlaid golden inscriptions of Koran phrases.

A marvellous pair of Turkish conical helmets are complimented with a great suit of chain mail.
Written June 20, 2020
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emjosn
London, UK37 contributions
My kind of museum - quiet, easy to walk around and a great cafe
Mar 2020 • Solo
Lovely small museum with just one room in each floor (so easy to navigate) focused on a different era. There is good commentary on the qr codes by some of the pieces (with WiFi hotspots, althoughi didn't spot were to get the password). The cafe on the roof terrace is great, rather expensive but nice called and drinks, and great views of the acropolis and kerameikos cemetery.
Written March 7, 2020
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MaayanLior
Tel Aviv, Israel605 contributions
Disappointing
Mar 2020 • Couples
Rude staff, made our experience poor.
We left the exhibition early than we expected and we decided to go instead to hellenic car museum.
Go directly to hellenic car museum and skip the art museum you’ll enjoy the car museum much more, guaranteed.
Written March 1, 2020
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marios kotzampourounis
Mytilene, Greece256 contributions
Islamic Art Museum
Nov 2019
An extraordinary place where you can admire artifacts and styles of Islamic art.
Please be noticed that it is open from Thursday to Sunday.
Written November 7, 2019
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Zosia B
Waterloo, Belgium1,137 contributions
Small but impressive collection
Oct 2019
This is small museum tucked away on a side street. It houses an impressive collection of Islamic art from across the centuries. Exhibits are well exhibited with descriptions in both Greek and English. Be sure to enjoy the views, a coffee and light snack from the rooftop cafe.
Written October 8, 2019
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margaretgleason
3 contributions
A hidden gem in a great neighborhood!
Jul 2019 • Family
My family and I greatly enjoyed our visit to this museum. The art was beautiful and the displays informative. Best of all was the GORGEOUS cafe on the top floor! The interior walls are covered in an incredible mural and the outdoor area has a fantastic view of the acropolis. Highly recommend the delicious lemonade! Entrance is free for those under 22, another perk.
Written July 26, 2019
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Steph R
Miranda, Australia5 contributions
Magnificent Joyous Art
Mar 2019 • Solo
I adore Islamic art and architecture. The colours exuberance geometrics on steroids if you
Like. Florals abound in tiles ,clothing the colours ranging from
Bright reds oranges blues to muted shades

Clothing ,Korans, calligraphy, tiles candlesticks decorative arts. Wow wow wow check the Iznik
Tiles

Ottoman Persian Egyptian Moroccan and so much more. Time stops while you go from
One glorious creation to another

Museum beautifully laid out. Nice little cafe on top floor

Take time to see it all. Perhaps over a few mornings or afternoons. Just so
Lovely and peaceful.

Take time to absorb this glorious heritage. It’s so precious. There is a brilliant Ottoman saddle cloth which I
Loved.
Written June 23, 2019
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Mauriziosimran
Athens, Greece47 contributions
Roads of Arabia
Mar 2019 • Couples
Nell'esibizione dai temi antichissimi a giorni d'oggi della cultura di quella parte del mondo.. Vale la pena
NON Andate al bar.. rimarrete delusi dal servizio che non c'è. E dopo che vi alzate per chiedere qualsiasi cosa. Insisteranno di aspettare SEDUTI! Maleducazione.

Nice exebition and worth it but don't go to the cafe. Worst cafe in Greece. Beautiful but the attitude of those running it is such that they deserve to be sacked. If I didn't get up to ask twice to be served, I'd be still there waiting. Twice they told me to sit down in an arrogant way and wait when I saw there weren't that many people around to be served. Next door there is a lovely, smiley and eager cafe who will quickly serve you for half the price.
Written March 24, 2019
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GeorgeGeronik
13 contributions
Intresting visit in the Islamic Museum of Art
Feb 2019 • Friends
I recently visited the Islamic museum with my school, and I must say that I am impressed. At first, I didn't expect much out of it. First of all, we didn't quite have a guide, but I liked it because it allowed us to explore undistracted and gave us the freedom to see what we wanted.
Moreover, each floor facilitates the artworks of different eras. In the end, we reached the rooftop and enjoyed the beautiful view.
My favorite part of all the visit was the symmetry that existed everywhere and the attention to detail that made all those artifacts even more impressive. (Pictures attached)
In the end, if you are close by, it's a great way to spend some time productively and learn something.
Written February 24, 2019
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roklui
1 contribution
Interesting
Feb 2019 • Friends
We visited the museum with my school.The experience was nice however we did not really understand what was going on because we were supposed to have a guide but we didnt get one. The reception was welcoming. However, the whole class went up to the rooftop cafe and the waitress kept telling us to be quiet even though we did not make a lot of noise and there were only 3 people in the restaurant drinking coffee. Overall nice experience with very pretty and interesting things to look at.
Written February 18, 2019
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Benaki Museum of Islamic Art is open:
  • Thu - Sun 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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