The Museum of Byzantine culture in Thessaloniki

The Museum of Byzantine culture in Thessaloniki is a modern museum; on the outside it doesn’t look like all that much but inside it’s modern, fresh and spacey. The exhibit halls are focused, informative and decorative. It seems like lot of thought has been put behind the selection and the presentation. Though filled with objects it has calm over it that makes the visit pleasant.

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Each exhibit hall has its theme such as the Byzantine church, the people, icons etc. The pictures are an outtake and do not follow that order.

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The indoor architecture of the museum and the interior design gives the visitor space and time to reflect and that creates a stress free environment.

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A wall dedicated to Saint George of Lydda aka Saint Goran, immortalised in the tale of George and the Dragon.

The Byzantine empire or Eastern Roman empire, was the continuation of the Roman Empire during the Middle Ages, centered on its capital of Constantinople. The time span of the Byzantine empire is ca 330 (Constantine makes Byzantium into his capital, which is renamed “Constantinople) – 1453 AD (The Ottoman Turks conquer Constantinople). These dates might very well be questioned, this time and area falls somewhat outside of my area of expertise. Read more here.

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Bronze work ca 13th century depicting the archangel Michael.

This ceramics are from the 13th-15th century. These feels very modern and alike the porcelain that is popular in Sweden today, the porcelain of the 50’s (lots and lots of it here).

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Reconstruction of a grave chamber, 4th– 5th century, with beautiful paintings not unlike those of the medieval art work in Swedish churches, yet another link that shows the cultural link within Europe over time and place.

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Another fantastic part of the museum is the mosaics, as you can see I fancy the animal motives.

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 I’ll return with the some scenic spots from within the city.

Magnus Reuterdahl

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About Magnus Reuterdahl

I am an archaeologist/Osteologist from Sweden. My main intrest lays in north Euorpean archaeology in, preferbly the prehistory of the late iron age and the neolithic periods. I've also got a strong intrest for Chinese archaeology, especially the neolithc Yangshao culture. I also write about cultural heritage and cultural history. Mitt namn är Magnus Reuterdahl, jag är arkeolog och osteolog och arbetar företrädesvis i Sverige även om jag gjort ett par vändor till Kina. På den här bloggen skriver jag om mitt yrke, om fornlämningar, kulturarv och kulturhistoria m m. View all posts by Magnus Reuterdahl

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