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Benaki Museum of Islamic Art

Psirri / Gazi
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Address: 22 Agion Assomaton | & 12 Dipilou St., Athens 105 53, Greece
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09:00 - 17:00
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Literally one of the greatest collections of islamic art in the West. A remarkable find. Not to be missed.

Reviewed 3 days ago
Aaron G
New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Literally one of the greatest collections of islamic art in the West. A remarkable find. Not to be missed.

Thank Aaron G
Winnipeg, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2016

Doesn't take too much time, but it's worth the stop. Great collection and pleasantly displayed. One probably wouldn't think to go come here, but you're truly missing out if you you skip it, it's an easy one to add.

Thank Cornflake81
Chestnut Ridge, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016

Nice little museum associated with the Benaki Museum. Make sure to check their website for opening hours. They honor the Athens Spotlighted card here for discounts on the entrance.

Thank mac_and_mini
Key West, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

The Beanakl museums are an Athens treasure. This particular museum is an especial find for those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the centuries-long clashes between the predominantly Christian and predominantly Islamic world views and struggles for power and influence. Certainly we felt that the collection itself was worth our time, but the overall story we thought invaluable.

Thank perryjohnston
Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

This extension of the Benaki museum is close to Thissio metro and the Keramikos. It's housed in a lovely 19th century building. The collection is on 4 floors, easily accessible by either central staircase or lift. Exceptional collection of artefacts from the Islamic world, including Iznik tiles, carpets, a rebuilt Cairo mansion entrance.....There's rarely many other visitors so you may... More 

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Reviewed 31 July 2016

I have some interest in Islamic influenced architecture and art so took advantage of tryiing a visit to this museum while on my 1st visit into Athens and am certainly glad I did. While I got lucky with visiting on one of it's "free days", it would have been well worth the small admission price. A very well laid-out presentation... More 

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Reviewed 25 July 2016

This jewel of a museum in a restored 19th-century mansion built upon the walls of ancient Athens (the walls are visible through glass floors!) is one of the wonders of modern Athens. Antonis Benaki knew how to spend his father's vast fortune to preserve cultural heritages (this is one of three Benaki museums in Athens). The collection of objects ---... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed 28 May 2016

Boasting one of the most comprehensive collections of Islamic Art in the world, the Benaki Museum of Islamic Art should be one everyone's itinerary in Athens. Housed in a splendid neoclassical house near the metro stop of Theseion, it also has a recently opened cafe on the terrace that affords a superb view of Athens, including a rare root-top view... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 17 May 2016

Formerly a section of the Benaki Museum moved recently into a new pavillion becoming one of the foremost European museums of İslamic art along. with Gulbenkian museum in Lissabon.The collections of the museum exhibits lesser known regions of İslamic cultural geography.

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Athens, Greece
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Reviewed 15 May 2016

For a long time it had been a wish of mine to visit this museum. I was not disappointed. The collection items start from the 12-13th Century. Useful everyday items, ornaments of all sorts, beautiful Kutahia and Isnik pottery, armory, doors, all beautifully displayed in the 4 floors of this exceptional museum. Some are unique.The visit was most enjoyable.

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Side-by-side neighbourhoods 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.
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