The Lure of Greece Explored at Athens’ Benaki Museum



Travels in Greece (Courtesy of Benaki Museum).
Travels in Greece (Courtesy of Benaki Museum).

The Benaki Museum of Greek Culture presents an exhibition — Travels in Greece (15th-19th Century) — which will run until April 29.

It includes manuscripts, maps, prints, photographs, drawings and documents, from the Efstathions Finopoulos Collection which was donated to the museum and is one of most important of its kind.

Travels in Greece is an exhibition developing along two distinct paths: travel literature and images together with Finopoulos’ research work.

Interest in the unknown, as well as the allure that Greece has always had on European thinking, brought, as a result, a permanent flow of travelers that left countless publications and drawings.

The exhibition showcases rare editions, manuscript maps, and drawings ranging from the arbitrary renderings of early centuries to the accurate depictions of later years.

Greece comes out as a colorful picture, tinted with the personal multiple identities of travelers visiting the country between the 15th and 19th centuries.

Admission fee is €7 and opening hours are Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to midnight and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Benaki Museum of Greek Culture, 1 Koumbari & Vassilissis Sofias, Kolonaki, Athens.