You can't say you've seen Athens unless you have visited this amazing museum!
With over 11,000 exhibits, it provides a panorama of the Greek civilization from the beginnings of Prehistory to Late Antiquity.
In a total of 8,000 sq.m. (86,000 sq. ft) the NAM houses numerous important findings including:
Some of the museum's oldest findings are housed in this collection dating back to the 6th mil. BC.
Beautiful plain and mysterious, these figurines dating from the 3rd mil. BC. came mainly from the islands and influenced modern art some 5,000 years later...
With opulent artifacts such as the 'Mask of Agamemnon', most of this collection dates from the 2nd mil. BC., the time of the not-so-mythical Trojan War.
From the largest volcanic eruption mankind has witnessed, which probably gave rise to the Lost Atlantis.
17th cent. BC.
The word's earliest analogue computer used to predict astronomical positions and eclipses for calendar and astrological purposes.
2nd cent. BC.
This brilliant collection demonstrates the evolution of the Greek sculptures that influenced western art, with some of the world's few surviving ancient bronze statues.
Typical as well as unexpected articacts from several periods and regions of Greece.
Once upon a time, there were 300 crazy men that stood against an empire sacrificing themselves for the freedom and glory of Greece...
Findings from the famous battle of the 300 Spartans against the Persians. 5th cent. BC.
At the entrance of the National Archaeological Museum. Address: 44 Patission Street, Athens 10682
Tickets to the attractions.
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Αθήνα (Athens in Greek) is where I give most of my tours. In ancient times, Greece's capital used to be pretty much the centre of.. everything! It was the birthplace of Democracy; famous philosophers, such as Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, lived and founded schools here; theatre was also born in this city-state as a ritual and that's where most of the tragedies, such as Oedipus, where performed for the first time ever! This is indeed where what we call 'western civilization' began...
For all of those reasons and more, allow yourselves a few days in Athens so that you can take it all in and visit its numerous museums (including two of the world's most important ones: the National Archaeological Museum and the Acropolis Museum), hills (Lycabettus, Pnyka, Philopappou), plenty of sites, cafés and restaurants in the old town called Plaka or other hip modern areas in the centre or by the sea. (Yees, Athens also has a lot of beaches and it's very close to actual islands!)
So don't treat this wonderful city as just a stop before you head to Greece's beautiful islands...