NileGuide Expert Says:
Art meets history: this is our favorite non-museum for learning about ancient weaponry and craftsmanship.
Virona, Athina, Greece
21 0323 1701
The artist and architect, Vassiliki Theodorakidi, has opened a gallery (called an "art and culture house" by the foundation) that functions like a museum, only better! What museum would let you buy the armor of King Philip of Macedonia? In it visitors can see archeological treasures such as armor, weapons, crowns and shields from all regions of Greece, as far as the northern regions of Macedonia and Trace and from deep south in the Peloponnese. On top of museum-perfect replicas, Vassiliki has created artistic pieces inspired by the genuine ones.
The atmosphere is cool, light and airy. It's located on the crossing of Vyronos Street and Aereopagitou (just behind the statue of revolutionary hero, Makrigiannis.)