Athens, Benaki museum (Piraeus str. building)

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The Benaki Museum is one of the most famous museums of Athens. Founded in 1929 by Antois Benakis, in memoriam of his father Emmanuel Benakis ex-mayor of Athens (1914-1919). Originally Antonis Benakis began to set up the various collections in Egypt, where the family was living the 19th century. When he came to Greece in 1928, for permanent installation, donated his collections to the Greek state.

The main building of the museum is the family's house, near the Parliament of Greece, in Queen Sofia's avenue. After donations, the museum expanded to other buildings in Athens and includes exhibits of byzantine, islamic and traditional greek art. In 1973 was established the collection of the art of photography. At the recent building in Piraeus avenue are the permanent exhibition of islamic art and modern greek painters as Nikos Hadjikyriacos - Gikas and temporary exhibitions as the recent paintings of Yannis Tsarouchis.

(text by C. Theodorou according informations from Wikipedia)

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Kaleb Larsen on February 19, 2014
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Christos Theodorou on February 19, 2014

Kaleb Larsen - Many thanks for your visit and comments – Best regards from Athens

Tapico on March 18, 2014

Hi Christos,

looks like the bay of an aircraft carrier. Good seen and well done.


Greetings from Germany, Ole.

Christos Theodorou on March 18, 2014

Tapico - Many thanks for your visit and comments – Best regards from Athens

Christos Theodorou on October 24, 2014


Many thanks for your visit and comments – Greetings from Athens - Christos

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