Destination: GREECE

* Agorá
* Akrópoli
* Ethnikó Archaiologikó Mouseío
* Ethnikós Kípos
* Goulandris Mouseío Kykladikís Téchnis
* Lykavittós and Kolonáki
* Monastiráki
* Mouseío Akrópoleos
* Olympíeion Zeus and Pćyli Adrianoú
* Piréas
* Pláka
* Platéia Syntagmatos
Ethnikó Archaiologikó Mouseío

For lovers of classical art the Ethnikó Archaiologikó Mouseío (National Archeological Museum) is one of the world's top sights. The museum reopened in June 2004 following a complete refurbishment. This vast and varied collection covers all the finest from ancient Greece, with the bonus of an exceptional Egyptian collection. The museum needs a full day to do it justice.

The best approach is to concentrate on only the finest examples. Head first for the treasures from the royal tombs at Mycenae, dating from 1500 BC; they include exquisite gold funerary masks, necklaces and filigree flowers. Next, take in the sixth-century BC kouros, vibrant statues of nude male athletes; Aristodikos' superbly tactile athlete is one of the finest ever carved. Move on to admire the huge statue of Poseidon and the little jockey urging on his horse, both found in the sea in 1927. There's also a stunning bronze by the famous sculptor Praxiteles in room 28. Upstairs you'll find frescoes from Santorini (Thira), buried 3,500 years ago during a volcanic eruption, showing charming riverside scenes. Next door are the fascinating pottery collections; look for the rare lekythoi (white-ground clay ware), and the exquisite red and black Attic vases.

Address: 44 Patission
Phone: 01 821 7717 or 01 821 7724
Open: Tue.-Sun. 8-7, Mon. 12:30-7, Apr. 1 to mid-Oct.; Tue.-Sun. 8-5, Mon. 11-5, rest of year
Restaurant: Café in museum
Bus: 2, 3, 11, 13, 15, 022, 035
Metro: Omonia
Admission: more than €4 (free Sun. and public holidays)
Greece (Mainland)

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