Benaki Museum – Museum of Islamic Art

The Museum of Islamic Art is situated in a Neo-Classical building complex in the Kerameikos neighborhood. It is the only museum of its kind in Greece, featuring a unique collection of world-renowned artifacts, one of the top-ten collections worldwide.

The evolution of Islamic civilisation from the first appearance of Islam up to the Ottoman period and the corresponding development of Islamic art up to the 19th century are demonstrated by more than 8,000 works of art, including ceramics, gold, metalwork, textiles and glass, smaller groupings of bone objects, inscribed funerary steles and weaponry, as well as the marble-faced interior of a reception room from a 17th-century Cairo mansion.

During the preservation works of the building, a section of the ancient city wall of Athens was uncovered at the basement level; it is now accessible to visitors.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Information
Address: 22 Ag. Asomaton & 12 Dipilou St.
Area: Athens
Phone: +302103251311
Website: benaki.gr
Opening Hours: Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun: 10:00 – 18:00 Mon,Tues,Wed: Closed
Transportation: Metro Green Line (1): Thissio Station
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

More Sightseeing

Egli Cinema

Athens

The Egli Cinema is perhaps the oldest cinema still in operation in Athens....

First Cemetery

Athens

It was created in 1834 on land outside of the city limits, although its first graves now lie...

The Port of Piraeus

Piraeus, South Suburbs

Piraeus is home to the largest port in the eastern Mediterranean and has played a crucial role...

Print Friendly, PDF & Email