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Museum of Byzantine Culture

The Museum of Byzantine Culture offers a walk through Byzantine culture, from the Early Christian Times to the Ottoman period.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1912 - )


    1989 Founded by Melina Merkouri and completed in May of the same year.

    1997 Operation launched. Its collection continues to grow in size.

    2001 Listed as a "Historical Monument" by the Ministry of Culture.

    2005 Received a European Commission award.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1912)


  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)


  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)


  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)


  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)


  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)


  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)


  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)


What I can see

This is the most important museum of its kind in the country, offering a walk through Byzantine culture, from the Early Christian Times to the Ottoman period. The findings come from both the area of Thessaloniki as well as the wider region of Macedonia. Early Christian tombs, mosaics, sculptures, pictures, murals, jewellery, utensils, coins, books, manuscripts and household items are among the many exhibits. The most important ones are: the statue of the Good Shepherd; the tomb with the representation of Sosanna; the embossed marble icon of the praying Virgin (10th-11th centuries), imperial portraits, the Epitaph of Thessaloniki, the portable icon of Christ as “Wisdom of God” (14th century) and the embossed monogram of Paleologos. Architecturally, the museum combines modernism with Greek architecture (atrium and Byzantine influences), while the combined materials compose a building of high quality. Finally, it covers an area of 2,400sq.m. and has eight large rooms.

What I can't see

Designed by Kyriakos Krokos, it hosts 2,900 objects. The museum itself is a veritable “timeline” of Byzantine culture. The rooms are in different levels, which are sloping and without stairs, and creates a winding path that does not force the visitors to see all the exhibits, but only those of the period which interests them. The architect wanted a space that created a feeling of freedom, in which the exhibit would be a surprise to the viewer. Krokos was rewarded with a special award from the Greek Institute of Architecture (“Award 2000”).

Info

  • Address: 2 Stratou Av.
  • Contact Name: Agathoniki Tsilipakou
  • Τηλέφωνο: +30 2313 306400
  • E-mail: mbp@culture.gr
  • Website: http://mbp.gr/

Bibliography

Doumanis O.V., (1978), Βυζαντινό Μουσείο Θεσσαλονίκης, [Byzantine Museum of Thessaloniki], in Αρχιτεκτονικά Θέματα, [Architecture in Greece] v.12, p.p. 231-232

Doumanis O.V., (1989), Βυζαντινό Μουσείο Θεσσαλονίκης, [Byzantine Museum of Thessaloniki], in Αρχιτεκτονικά Θέματα, [Architecture in Greece] v.23, p.p. 121-123

Zafeiris Ch., (1997), Θεσσαλονίκης Εγκόλπιον, ιστορία, πολιτισμός, η πόλη σήμερα, γεύσεις, μουσεία, μνημεία, διαδρομές, [Thessaloniki Handbook, history, culture, the city today, flavours, museums, routes], Athens: Exantas

Ζafeiris Ch., (2014), Θεσσαλονίκη, η παρουσία των απόντων, η κληρονομιά Ρωμαίων, Μουσουλμάνων, Εβραίων, Ντονμέδων, Φράγκων, Αρμενίων και Σλάβων, [Thessaloniki, the presense of the absent, the heritage of Romans, Muslims, Jews, Doenme, Franks, Armenians and Slavs], Thessaloniki: Epikentro

Museum of Byzantine Culture, (d.u.), Το κτίριο- Ιστορία, [The building- History]

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Last visit 8/6/2014