The Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens hosts an exceptional exhibition with Treasures from the Collections of the Hermitage Museum that has attracted many visitors since its opening on the 2nd of November 2016. Inaugurated by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Greece and Russia, the exhibition takes place within the framework of the cross-cultural year “Greece in Russia, Russia in Greece 2016” and is scheduled to last until the 26th of February 2017.

The Hermitage Museum, one of the largest and most significant museums of the world, began as the personal collection of the Empress Catherine the Great, when she acquired the Gotzkowsky collection, and now displays an incomparable compilation of more than 3 million exhibits from different cultures. Objects from Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece, prehistoric artifacts from Russia and the former Soviet Union, as well as famous paintings of DaVinci, Michelangelo, El Greco, Van Gogh are only a few of the things visitors can see.
The exhibition that takes place in the Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens presents an inter temporal overview of Western and Eastern civilizations from the 5th century B.C. until the 20th century and was organized in return to the exhibition “Byzantium through the Centuries” that was hosted by the Hermitage Museum a few months ago, with the participation of Greek museums, in order to present the whole lifetime of Byzantine culture.
Hermitage’s “Gateway to History” exhibition in the Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens aims to introduce the audience to the life in the Russian court as well as to the role of art and aesthetics in Europe. The exhibition focuses on 80 selected masterpieces of the main collections of the Hermitage Museum, while visitors also have the chance to admire objects of incomparable value, collected for two centuries by the Czars of the Romanov dynasty.
The exhibition has attracted the interest of many visitors, as Greeks appreciate art and are very interested in such events. It is worth mentioning that extra guided tours were organized by the archaeologists of the museum due to the high turnout.

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