Essential museums of Athens

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The Parthenon of Athens
The Parthenon of Athens

One of the most historic cities in the world is located in Greece and it is Athens. This Greek capital gathers an endless number of monuments and architectures considered cultural heritage everywhere and today invites thousands of tourists every year to contemplate them.

However, visit Athens it is not simply to see these monuments and architectures at street level, such as the Acropolis and the Parthenon, among others, but that to learn more about the history of Greece, it is essential to visit some of the most important museums in the capital.

If time does not allow it or you're not a museum tourism lover, it will only be Compulsory stop the Acropolis Museum and the National Archaeological Museuml, but it is highly advisable to visit so many others that we are going to quote.

In these museums you can learn a little more about the daily life of Ancient Greece, thanks to samples of utensils and tools for professional and domestic work, costumes, statues and others.

1.- Acropolis Museum. It is one of the most important archaeological museums in Greece, which allows its thousands of annual tourists to take a look at the different stages of the Acropolis. You can see ruins of the Acropolis and fragments of the temple of Athena Nike, among many other pieces.

2.- National Archaeological Museum. If your time to see Athens is very limited, before visiting the Acropolis Museum, we advise you to see the Archaeological Museum, because it is much more complete than the other.

In this museum you can see all the stages of Ancient Greece, from prehistory to the most modern times. More than 20.000 pieces show what life was like for the Greeks centuries ago and how it has evolved.

3.- Benaki Museum. It is a museum built in honor of Emmanuel Benaki, a man who spent 35 years acquiring and collecting pieces of Ancient Greece. Today in this museum you can see all kinds of objects, Egyptian, prehistoric, Byzantine ... just like in the archaeological one. You can even see Asian furniture, carved wooden pieces and local costumes, as well as ceramics.

4.- Museum of Cycladic Art. In addition to gathering a collection of ancient art from the Cyclades Islands, it exhibits different pieces that show the growth of Greece in its cultural aspect and as a civilization.

5.- Byzantine Museum. It is considered one of the most important in the world and one of the most interesting in Athens. It shows a variety of religious art pieces from the 3rd to the 20th century, including mosaics, paintings, engravings, sculptures and others.

Due to the great cultural heritage that hosts Athens, in this city it is possible to find many more museums than those mentioned. However, a visit to the Greek capital can not limit us only to know the depths of its history, but it is also necessary to walk through its streets to soak up its culture, customs and, of course, gastronomy. Therefore, by visiting these five museums or at least two of them, you can become a good connoisseur of Ancient Greece.

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