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Athens Sights

Numismatic Museum Iliou Melathron

  • Panepistimiou 12 Map It
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 09/02/2014

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Even those uninterested in coins might want to visit this museum for a glimpse of the former home of Heinrich Schliemann, who famously excavated Troy and Mycenae in the 19th century. Built by the Bavarian architect Ernst Ziller for the archaeologist's family and baptized the "Iliou Melanthron" (or Palace of Troy), it flaunts an imposing neo-Venetian facade. Inside are some spectacular rooms, including the vast and floridly decorated Hesperides Hall, ashimmer with colored

marbles and neo-Pompeian wall paintings. Today, in this exquisite neoclassic mansion, seemingly haunted by the spirit of the great historian, you can see more than 600,000 coins; displays range from the archaeologist's own coin collection to 4th-century BC measures employed against forgers to coins grouped according to what they depict—animals, plants, myths, and famous buildings like the Lighthouse of Alexandria. Instead of trying to absorb everything, concentrate on a few cases—perhaps a pile of coins dug up on a Greek road, believed to be used by Alexander the Great to pay off local mercenaries. To relax, head to the museum's peaceful garden café—a cozy oasis just a few feet away from Panepistimiou avenue's hustle and bustle.

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Sight Information

Address:

Panepistimiou 12, Athens, 10671, Greece

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Phone:

210-363–2057; 210-361–2834

Website: www.nma.gr

Sight Details:

  • €3; €12 for unified museum ticket (includes National Archaeological Museum, Epigraphical Museu, Byzantine & Christian Museum)
  • Tues.–Sun. 8–5, Mon. 1–8

Updated 09/02/2014

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