Byzantine and Christian Museum


Villa Ilissia is a beautiful romantic villa in Athens that houses the Byzantine and Christian Museum. The roofs of the three buildings from the 19th century were refurbished in 2009 using FOAMGLAS® insulation and Byzantine tiles as a finish. A perfect combination that offers durable protection from the elements.

Manos Perakis + Associates
Pitched roofs

Villa Ilissia, which houses the Byzantine and Christian Museum, is one of the loveliest buildings erected in Athens during its early years as capital of the newly-founded Greek State. It was built as a main residence for the Duchess of Plaisance by the famous Greek architect of the time, Stamatis Kleanthis. The presence of a personality such as the Duchess, with a fascinating past, a formidable fortune, a singular life-style and strange views, was an extraordinary event for Athenian society of the time.

Around 1930 the palace was turned to a museum that would house the extremely valuable collections of Early Christian and Byzantine art. The roofs of three 19th century buildings were refurbished in 2009 only, using FOAMGLAS® and Byzantine tiles as a finish. A first class choice and continuation in durability and perfection.

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