Greece National Museum
National Archaeological Museum of Athens
The National Archaeological Museum of Athens is located in the Greek capital and has existed since the 1860s. It is primarily dedicated to Greek antiquity. The complex, which was renovated in 2009 and expanded by 24,000 square meters, houses the most important works of art and everyday objects of this bygone era.
The National Archaeological Museum has largely retained its original 19th-century appearance despite numerous modernizations.
In a total of five departments and separate exhibitions, visitors with or without a guide can view extraordinary exhibits, artefacts and everyday objects.
The Athens National Museum is divided into the sections Prehistoric Period, Egypt, Ceramics, Bronze Work, Sculptures and independent collections.
The most significant works of art of antiquity in the National Museum of Athens
The most impressive exhibits include the group of Aphrodite, Pan and Eros, a Hellenistic group of statues made of marble, the mask of Agamemnon made of sheet gold and the extraordinarily well-preserved Koren statue Kore Phrasikleia, which is one of the most important archaic works of art today.
The oldest artifacts in the National Museum of Athens are clay pots and tools from the 7th century. In the prehistoric galleries, the Mycenaean collection is particularly interesting for study trips.
A piece of Greek history in a special atmosphere
A visit to the National Archaeological Museum of Athens during a trip to Greece is particularly worthwhile due to the partly very well-preserved finds from ancient Greece. The individual exhibits are clearly laid out in thematically structured departments and fit perfectly into the building, which is also of cultural and historical significance. The ambience of the museum conveys
The Greek island of Patmos belongs to the Dodecanese archipelago, located in the eastern Aegean Sea. The “Jerusalem of the Aegean” offers both spiritual and secular cultural enjoyment. Who wouldn’t want to spend their vacation at the foot of a UNESCO World Heritage Site? The island is known as a pilgrimage destination for Orthodox Christians. In addition, poets, painters and theater makers feel at home here. It is not for nothing that Patmos is the destination of numerous study trips.
The chora – the highlight
The main town of the island – the Chora – is picturesquely situated on a hill. The labyrinth of winding streets invites you upstairs and downstairs to take long walks. The white houses of the old town house shops, cafés, galleries and museums. The famous Johanneskloster towers above the old town, its massive, dark walls form a photogenic contrast to the white cube houses below. The fortress-like monastery was founded in 1088 in honor of the apostle John. A visit to the monastery is a must on a visit to the island. A Byzantine church, two chapels and a museum await interested visitors. Furthermore, icons, wood carvings and the library can be visited. Near the old town is the Johannesgrotto, also known as the holy grotto,
Vacation on Patmos
Since Patmos does not have an airport, the arrival on the island always leads via the port of Skala. Everything the traveler needs is here: post office, bank, shops, scooter rental and tourist information. In the harbor basin there are fishing boats in harmony with large yachts. Boat trips to secluded beaches are recommended. There are over 20 beaches accessible by rental scooter or rental car. On the way there you pass a large number of monasteries and churches. The Profitis Elias Monastery, located at the highest point of the island at 269 meters, offers a fantastic view of the Aegean archipelago.
Events worth visiting
Christian open-air festival: musical performances with a religious focus in the amphitheater in front of the St. John’s Grotto, beginning of September
- Mystery play of washing feet: Maundy Thursday in the Chora
- Easter: music and dance on Easter Monday in the village square of Skala
For many tourists from all over Europe, the island of Symi is a real insider tip for a relaxing and eventful holiday in the South Aegean, which belongs to Greece. The mountainous island with the rugged coast, which is about nine kilometers from the Turkish mainland, is characterized by numerous sheltered bays and stone beaches, which are particularly popular with beach holidaymakers. Due to its proximity to the mainland, Symi is also an extremely popular destination for tourists in Turkey and Greece.
Panormitis Monastery as an important pilgrimage site
The large listed port of Symi is considered to be one of the most beautiful ports in the Aegean. This is approached daily by numerous yachts and boats. In addition to a few restaurants, there is also a nautical museum that is well worth seeing right at the harbor. The most famous sight on the island is the Panormitis Monastery. The extensive monastery complex, which is known far beyond the Greek national borders, is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Greece. There are also some small churches and castles on the island that are always worth a visit. Some small hotels, holiday houses and guest houses are available for tourists. The island life takes place primarily in the main towns of Chora and Gialos. The two small towns are mainly characterized by narrow streets.