Museum of Byzantine Culture

Overview

Type: 
Museums
Latitude: 
40.624474
Longitude: 
22.954987

The Byzantine Museum is located at the intersection of Army and 3rd of September boulevards. It is housed in a modern building area of 11,500 square meters, which was founded in 1989 and was completed in 1993 with designs of architect Kyriakos Krokos. The building, plain and simple, with elements of Greek architectural tradition on one hand and modernity on the other hand, is ranked among the best public architectural constructions of recent decades in Greece. Besides the permanent exhibition halls, it has its own wing of temporary exhibitions, a small auditorium, a cafe-restaurant, a gift shop, spacious, well-organized and fully equipped antique maintenance workshops as well as large, properly configured and functional storage spaces. In 2005, the museum was awarded by the Council of Europe taking one of the greatest honors in the area of cultural heritage.

In the eleven halls of the permanent exhibition of the Museum of Byzantine Culture there are presented almost 2,900 objects: images, murals, mosaics, architectural fragments, sculpture works, inscriptions, utensils, pots, tools, coins, jewelery, textiles, clothing, engravings, manuscript codes, printed books, even detached graves. The majority of this material comes from northern Greece, Macedonia and Thessaloniki, of course, one of the greatest cities of the Byzantine Empire after Constantinople. The exhibits represent both the Byzantine period (fourth century AD-1453) and the time after the fall of Byzantium by the Turks (1453-19th century), while they are embedded in distinct modules. Through the museum's collections there are displayed in a pleasant, friendly and understandable manner various aspects, views and manifestations of the culture of the early Christian, middle Byzantine, Late Byzantine and post-Byzantine period, including the artistic creation and intellectual production, the public and private life, religion and ideology, politics and social organization.

The Museum of Byzantine Culture organizes and hosts occasionally interesting periodical exhibitions, while in its multifarious activities there are included educational and informational programs, scientific conferences and lectures, publications, as well as various kinds of cultural events.