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Tzistarakis Mosque

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  • Monastiraki

Published 03/09/2017

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Editor's Note: This property is currently undergoing renovations.

The square's focal point, the 18th-century Tzistarakis Mosque, is now one of the four branches of the Greek Folk Art Museum. It houses a beautifully designed ceramics collection, with the exhibits handsomely lighted and labeled. The mosque's creator Tzistarakis, a then newly appointed Turkish civil governor, knocked down a column from the Temple of Olympian Zeus to make lime for the mosque. Punished by the sultan for his audacity, he was also blamed by Athenians for an ensuing plague; it was believed the toppling of a column released epidemics and disasters from below Earth. The ticket here ensures entry to all four branches of the Greek Folk Art Museum.

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Areos 1, Athens, Attica, 10555, Greece

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Published 03/09/2017


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