Greece: Culture and Arts
The Cradle of Western Civilization
Known as the ‘cradle of civilization’, Greece is home to some of the most influential historic sites in the world, and makes for a perfect culture and art holiday. The breathtaking Acropolis of Athens is one such example of a cultural manifestation in Greece. The museums of Greece like the National Archaeological Museum of Greece in Athens, The Benaki Museum in Athens and the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki serve as important examples of Greece’s age old ever developing culture and are an interesting way to spend a culture and art holiday in Greece. Art is of prime importance in Greece and has exercised a phenomenal influence on the cultures of many countries from ancient times till the present. A culture and art holiday in Greece will take you to the island of Lesvos which is home to a number of art museums and galleries like the Theophilos Museum which has displays of Greek tribal folk art, The Teriade Library and Museum of Modern Art, housing books with rare pictures of works by of Picasso, Matisse, Giacometti, Chagall, Le Corbusier, Miro and others. The Teriade museum-library is unique in the world for it constitutes both a large school of art and a research center for artists and those involved with the arts while still being of interest to ordinary visitors. The museum holds exhibitions of many famous painters. The Georgios Iakovidis Digital Art Museum, located in the tiny village of Xidera is something not to be missed. A few art museums that are worth a visit are The Archeological Museum of Mytilini, The Ecclesesiastical-Byzantine Museum, The Folk Art Museum, The Museum of Costume and Embroidery of Lesvos and The Gogo Museum of Vatoussa. Greece scores 9 on 10 as a culture and arts holiday destination.