Wednesday 30 November 2022

National Archaeological Museum

) It was raining this morning when we woke up, and it's raining now and it's not too long until bedtime.

Instead of trying to see the outdoor sights in this weather, we set off to the National Archaeological Museum.

It should have been quiet inside, and they halve the price of tickets from the 1st November, but instead the whole place was filled with hundreds of Greek schoolchildren and their teachers. They certainly livened up the place although I couldn't tell if they were appreciating the art.

There was lots of things to see, but the most amazing thing was how old it all was.

This gold death mask was from about 1,500 bc, although Darren wasn't really impressed as the gold was rolled so thinly that it looked a bit like tinfoil.

This beautiful statue of a young boy on a horse was from about 140bc and was recently found in pieces in a shipwreck. It was pieced back together in 1971 and is called the Artemision Jockey. Note the school kids who possibly look impressed. 

After the visit we hoped for better weather and it did almost stop raining for a while, so we had a quick look around the shops, but tomorrow will be nicer and we will then be starting the sightseeing part of the trip. 

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