Byzantine and Christian Museum

The Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens is one of the most important public institutions in Greece, established in the early 20th century (1914) in order to collect, study, preserve and exhibit the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine cultural heritage in the Hellenic territory. The museum collections contain more than 30.000 works of art grouped in sub-categories (icons, sculptures, ceramics, ecclesiastical textiles, paintings, jewelries, manuscripts and early printed books as well as architectural elements (wall paintings and mosaics).

The display of the permanent collections is divided in two main parts:
The first is devoted to Byzantium (4th -15th c. AD) and contains 1200 artifacts and the second entitled “From Byzantium to the modern era” presents 1.000 artworks dating from the 15th to 20th century.

Archangel Michael (ΒΧΜ 01353)
Icon, 1st half of 14th century

Virgin Kardiotissa (BXM 01552) 
Icon, 1st half of 15th century

The Crucifixion (BXM 01559)
Icon, 16th or 17th century

Saint Christopher "Cynocephalus" (BXM 01571)
Icon of 1685

The assumption of The Prophet Elijah (BXM 01576)
Icon of the 2nd half of 17th century

Christ and Saint Minas
Painting by Yiannis Tsarouhis

The Annunciation (ΒΧΜ 01688)
Painting of Nazarene technique from the 19th century

Laurel wreath (ΒΧΜ 01755)
Mosaic floor from the early Christian period Basilica of Ilissos (5th century)

Stork pecking a snake (ΒΧΜ 01756)
Mosaic floor from the early Christian period Basilica of Ilissos (5th century)

Banded geometric grid (ΒΧΜ 01762)
Mosaic floor from the early Christian period Basilica of Ilissos (5th century)

Proskynitario Holy Sepulcher (ΒΧΜ 01837)
Proskynitario from the Church of Faneromenis at Trikala, 1793

Bust of Prophet Daniel (ΒΧΜ 02467)
Created by Fotis Kontoglou, 1931

Secret Dinner (ΒΧΜ 13029)
Icon of the 15th century

Archangel Michael and Gabriel (ΒΧΜ 13030)
Icon of the 18th, created by Konstantinos Kontarinis

The Entry Of The Virgin Into The Temple (ΒΧΜ 13060)
Icon of the 15th century

The prophecy of Balaam (ΒΧΜ 13091)
Bulwark dated 1722

The Nativity Of Christ (ΒΧΜ 13109)
Icon of the 1st half of the 15th century

Chalcography depicting Archangel Michael (ΒΧΜ 18796)
Chalcography dated 1858

Chalcography  of the Monastery Of Saint Paul (BXM 19430) 
Chalcography dated 1851

Chalcography of Mount Athos (ΒΧΜ 19432)
Chalcography dated 1850

Prophet with an angel (BXM 22685)

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