Σάββατο, 10 Ιανουαρίου 2015

Museum of Byzantine Culture

On the first Sunday of the year we decided to visit the city's museums. Every first Sunday of the month admission is free.

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The Museum of Byzantine Culture (Greek: Μουσείο Βυζαντινού Πολιτισμού) is a museum in Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia, Greece, which opened in 1994.
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To design the museum, a nationwide architectural competition was announced in 1977. The competition was ultimately won by the entry of Kyriakos Krokos. Construction of the building began in March 1989, and was completed in October 1993. Antiquities from the Byzantine & Christian Museum in Athens were transferred in June 1994, some of them being displayed in the museum's inaugural exhibition, "Byzantine Treasures of Thessaloniki: The Return Journey". The museum finally opened on 11 September 1994.

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 Opening in 1994, the museum currently has three permanent exhibitions. The first, "Early Christian Churches", focuses on the design and decoration of churches in early centuries of Christianity. "Early Christian Cities and Dwellings", presents aspects of economic life, domestic handicrafts, houses, and food and clothing of early Christians, and finally, "From the Elysian Fields to the Christian Paradise" focuses on cemeteries of early Christians, jewellery, sepulchral architecture and painting, cult customs, and clay and glass objects recovered from excavated graves.
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              The first photo is from  arch and piers from the Church of St. Demetrius

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                   Beginning in 1998, the museum has run educational programmes for schoolchildren.
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                              In 2005, the museum was awarded the Council of Europe's Museum Prize

The day was beautiful, warm and we visited three museums, but throughout the week the whole family fell ill with severe flu .... and now we recovering !!!

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  1. Hello Olympia, What beautiful museums you are lucky to have over there--I wouldn't know what to look at first, the architectural fragments, the paintings, or perhaps those wonderful glass vessels. It's too bad that you all came down with the flu, but I hope that you are all much better by now.

    Take care, Jim

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  2. Dearest Olympia,
    Sorry to read you all had a severe flu; hope by now you recovered!
    Such a Museum is so valuable for preserving what is left from the past and for educating the young generations about the great Byzantine period!
    Sending you hugs for a peaceful Sunday,
    Mariette

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  3. Υπέροχη ξενάγηση φίλη μου, έχω πάει και είναι ένα θαυμάσιο μέρος για Κυριακάτικη βολτίτσα γνώσης.

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  4. Καλησπέρα Ολυμπία μου ...τη όμορφη ανάρτηση ...
    Καλή ιδέα είναι για κυριακάτικη βόλτα ...
    καλή εβδομάδα ....φιλάκια

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  5. Πολύ όμορφη βόλτα και πολυ καλα μας ξενάγησες στα τοσα ομορφα που ειδες,καλη χρονια με υγεια και ορεξη για δημιουργιες και εξορμησεις.

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