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VISIT TO THE MUSEUM OF ISLAMIC ART - ATHENS

posted Nov 26, 2019, 7:35 AM by Newcomers Bulletin Board
Dear all, 
Are you ready for our new adventure ?
here are some words as an introduction by our beloved Martina Anagnostou who is going to be our guide of our next - very special - outing on December 7th. 

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 In the midst of Christmas carols and flickering season lights celebrating the birth of Christ let us delve into another contrasting and yet very surprisingly familiar world, the world of the Museum of  Islamic Art of Athens. 
       

Let us go on a journey to understand a different story by visiting the Museum of  Islamic Art tucked next to the Kerameikos ancient cemetery and the perfectly intact temple of Hephaestus. Let us discover something human and spiritual about this religion that has the absolute same roots as Judaism and Christianity, and has a philosophy and culture of fascinating diversity and richness. Martina our guide has lived in many countries, notably among them Pakistan, Sudan, Jordan and currently Tunisia all of which are officially muslim. This in combination with her art historical background, should make for an interesting journey. 

Without images and concentrating almost exclusively on the written word, while at the same time covering a vast cultural landscape, Islam is the youngest of the three monotheistic religions dominating our planet. The Museum of  Islamic Art of Athens is housed in a striking neoclassical house build around archeological foundations that part part of the exhibit. The artifacts are primarily the collection of Antonis Benakis which he developed while living in Egypt. Let us delve into the world of swirling arabesque and sacred geometry to understand something more human and profound about the Islamic world.


The Islamic art collections of the Benaki Museum are housed in a complex of neoclassical buildingon 
22 Agion Asomaton & 12 Dipilou St. Click on the  map . For more Info on Access, tickets, map, etc HERE

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  We will meet on Saturday December 7th at 10:10 at the ticket office of the Museum, on 22 Agion Asomaton & 12 Dipilou St. The tour will start at 10:30 sharp and will last for approx. 1,5 to hours. 
The cost of the guided tour will be 11 euros/person, and the entrance ticket to the exhibition (9 euros/person,  reduced 7 euros), is not included in the price. We need at least p10 participants for the Tour to go.

After the tour, we will go to this marvelous place for coffee or light lunch !

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Please apply by Thursday December 5th evening, as we have to inform the museum
Land line: 210-8077073
Cell: (+30) 698 860786
Whats App: (+30) 6988 607866
 Viber: (+30) 6988 607866

       
       Katerina Tsitsipi
 Event & Activity facilitator
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