The Benaki Museum was established and endowed in 1930 by Antonis Benakis in memory of his father Emmanuel Benakis, at the Benakis family mansion in downtown Athens. The museum houses Greek works of art from the prehistorical to the modern times, an extensive collection of Asian art, hosts periodic exhibitions and maintains a state-of-the-art restoration and conservation workshop. 1930 is a common year starting on Wednesday. ... The Acropolis in central Athens, one of the most important landmarks in world history. ...
Over the years it has been further endowed by various donors, and it now includes the seaside Kouloura Mansion in Palaio Phaliro, which is to house a Children's Toys Collection, the Benaki Islamic Art Museum in the Kerameikos district, the Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas Museum in downtown Athens, and the Delta House in Kifissia, which houses the Historical Archive Collection. The Kerameikos is the name of the deme or part of Athens to the northwest of the Acropolis and includes an extensive area both within and outside of the city walls. ... The Acropolis in central Athens, one of the most important landmarks in world history. ... Kifissia (Greek, Modern: Κηφισσιά, Ancient/Katharevousa: Κηφισσία, Ancient form/Latin: Cephissia) or Kifisia is a northern suburb of Athens, Greece. ...
The construction of the museum began in 1866 and completed in 1889 with the gradual addition of the west wing in 1874, of the north in 1881, of the south in 1885 and finally, of the east wing.
The characteristic feature of the museum is that the exhibits are all closely connected with the Athenian democracy, as the agora was the focus of the city's public life.
A journey through the museum passes through Ancient Greece and the Roman period, the Byzantine period, the Frankish and Ottoman occupations to the struggle for independence in the 19th century and the establishment of the Greek state thereafter.
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