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Monday 28 May 2018

Athens War Museum

We had a few hours in Athens on Saturday before our flight back to Edinburgh. A trip to the Parthenon and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to start with, then onto the War Museum.

The exhibits range from ancient times to the modern era, with a mix of reconstruction, artwork and original items laid out in chronological order. Not all the exhibits are translated into English, which is fine for the specialist, but the general visitor would struggle. The lighting is also inexplicably dark, with most floors just gloomy. Overall, while it's a good museum and very much worth a visit, it could do with some modernisation.

I have picked out some of my favourite exhibits below:

Ancient Persian

Hanging the Patriarch in Istanbul when independence was declared. The characterisation in this painting is brilliant.
Turkish standards

Mountain gun

Model of the Metaxas Line being attacked by German forces in WW2

A huge collection of weaponry from around the world

And finally the external displays. Including a few pieces that I certainly could not have named. I'll leave these without captions, so you can do the same.

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