The Byzantine and Christian Museum was founded in 1914, and houses more than 25,000 exhibits with rare collections of pictures, scriptures, frescoes, pottery, fabrics, manuscripts, and copies of artifacts from the 3rd century AD to the Late Middle Ages.
The permanent collection is structured according to these sections (each of them is further subdivided into sub-sections):
1. From the ancient world to Byzantium
2. The Byzantine World
3. Intellectual and Artistic Activity in the 15th century
4. From Byzantium to Modern Era
5. Byzantium and modern art
On the day of my visit, in October 2023, only sections 1. and 2. were open (i.e up to the 14th century).
The art pieces you can see in this museum are truly outstanding!
There were also two temporary exhibitions - they were both OK, but far from as interesting as the permanent exhibition:
- photographs of Japanese cities
- "Ars Theatralis", (works by Architect Manos Perrakis