GREECE: THE BEST OF GREECE
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find what Frommer's consider to be the best of
The Best Museums of Greece
The National Archaeological Museum (Athens):
This stunning collection has it all: superb red and black figured vases, bronze statues, Mycenaean gold, marble
reliefs of gods and goddesses, and the hauntingly beautiful frescoes from Akrotiri,
the Minoan site on the island of Santorini.
The Museum of Greek Popular Musical Instruments (Athens): Life-size
photos of musicians beside their actual instruments and recordings of traditional
Greek music make this one of the country's most charming museums to visit.
The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki (Northern Greece): This is the
place to go to see the gold star ofVergina, a profusion of delicate gold wreaths,
and the gold box that may have held the bones of Philip of Macedon, father of
Alexander the Great—all found in the royal tombs at and around Vergina. These
Macedonian treasures tend to draw the crowds, so you may find that you have
the rest of the collection—including fascinating exhibits on the early history of
Thessaloniki—almost to yourself.
The Archaeological Museum oflraklion (Crete): Few museums in the world
can boast of holding virtually all the important remains of a major culture. This
museum's Minoan collection is just that, including superb frescoes from Knossos,
elegant bronze and stone figurines, and exquisite gold jewelry. The museum also
contains Neolithic, Archaic Greek, and Roman finds from throughout Crete.
The Archaeological Museum of Chania (Crete): Let's hear it for a truly
engaging provincial museum, not one full of masterworks but rather of representative works from thousands of years, a collection that lets us see how most
people probably experienced their worlds. All this in a former Italian-Renaissance
church that makes you feel you're in a special place.
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