Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Museum: The National Historical Museum in Athens

Here are some pictures from the National Historical Museum in Athens. Located in the building of the Old Parliament , very close to Syntagma square. I will keep commentary to a minimum. The museum is rather small, but rich, thus the perfect 2 hour excursion. Lots of great artifacts.


The old parliament meeting place





The 16th-17th centuries








The Hellenic Enlightenment and birth of the Greek revolutionary movement






The Greek revolution 1821-1830























The heart of the Konstantinos Kanari



The Greek State to the overthrow of King Otto




The Greek state 1864-1922











The Balkan Wars and Asia Minor Campaign (Turkish War of Independence)



Part of Averoff full of shell holes from the Battle of Ellis

Naval artifacts, including the flags of Averoff and Fetih-i-Bulend


Greek Regimental war flags.

Ottoman artifacts from Bizani

Throne of Sultan Abdul Hamid II in his exile

Forward, Archbishopric Crown of the Archbishop Chrysostomos of Smyrna (Izmir). Hanged by either the Turkish government or Turkish people when Izmir was re-taken in 1922.

Background: Ottoman and Turkish trophies from the Balkan Wars and Asia Minor Campaign (Turkish War of Independence)


The pen Venizelos used to sign the Sevres Treaty


Works of beauty! 




Hamidian religious and regimental flag.

Small WW2 part (WW2 is more fully explored by the War Museum) 

The Museum has a rich collection of traditional Greek costume.




Until June there is a special exhibit on the Greek version of the Karagiozis (Karagyoz) shadow puppet theater.





Hidden away for humidity reasons in the basement, tons of 19th and 20th century lead toy soldiers.



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