A free visit at the main building of the Benaki Museum (1, Koubari str., Kolonaki) and a tour of the “Historic Heirlooms” collection was scheduled by Caritas Athens in the framework of the “Outreach program of the Elderly”, implemented thanks to the kind sponsorship of TIMA Charitable Foundation, on Monday, May 15 at 10:00 a.m.
During the tour, the fifteen ladies from various parishes of the Archdiocese of Athens had the opportunity to get to know the historical and intellectual history of modern Greece, since the end of the 18th century and until the beginning of the 20th, and enjoy the view from the museum’s marvelous rooftop, enjoying a free cup of coffee.
Swords and other weapons which belonged to the heroes of 1821, battle standards from the War of Independence, nautical instruments such as Laskarina Bouboulina’s telescope and Andreas Miaoulis’s compass, Ioannis Kapodistrias’s and Lord Byron’s personal belongings, manuscripts written by the poet Dionysios Solomos, costumes, jewelry, paintings and other heirlooms, are some of the most exceptional exhibits of the collection, donated by the descendants and relatives of people linked to the modern history of the Greek state.
According to the British newspaper Telegraph, the Benaki Museum ranks among the 41 best museums in the world!
It occupies one of the few neoclassical buildings that continue to resist the aesthetic deterioration of postwar Athens and it is located on an exceptionally favorable location in the historic center of the city, right opposite the lush greenery of the National Gardens.
It was founded in 1929 by Antonis Benakis in the memory of his father Emmanouil and it occupies the home of the historical, originating from Alexandria, family with the same name, the contribution of which to the political, social and cultural life of Athens as well as of Greece in general is considered priceless.
Initially, Antonis Benakis started building up his various collections in Egypt. When he definitely moved to Athens in 1928, he donated them to the Greek state and today they are displayed in his parental home, one of the biggest and finest neoclassical buildings of the capital city, which was in fact the first private museum of the country. The great response on the part of Athens public, led to the increase of the exhibits, whereas thanks to its benefactors and its donors is still enriched with assets which enable its innovative participation in events of its scope and artistic events in general. Finally, the rapid increase of the museum’s collections and the increase in various activities necessitated the extension of the facilities and the creation of annexes.