National Archaeological Museum
We started our trip in Athens at the National archaeological museum (http://www.namuseum.gr/index-en.html). The museum is full of ancient statues and sculptures and you will definitely need a few hours to take it all in. As we mentioned we love history and especially the Greek history, but we are no experts. In the museum are information boards in English and Greek with basic information about a specific piece or a part of the history of that area. So even if you have no background information, it is worth going.
The National Archaeological Museum is one of the most important museums in Greece and holds many interesting objects. One of the top pieces is definitely the mechanism of Antikythera (1 century BC), one of the first mechanical calendars that could predict the solar eclipse. The bronze statue of The Jockey of Artemision and The Artemision Bronze are also impressive as many of the bronze statues have been destroyed.
The temporary exhibition ‘the countless aspects of beauty was a real treat. Special pieces about how beauty was seen throughout many centuries of human history. The god Athena only dressed in a rope holding an apple, or the gladiators from the Roman period. We all look for beauty, in ourselves or others, but beauty is different for everybody. This was expressed in a perfect way. This exhibition is held until May 2019.
The Museum has a restaurant in the middle of the complex and because it took us about five hours to cover the whole museum we needed to take a break for some refreshments. The prices are high and the food quality mediocre, but the garden location is just perfect.
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