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.
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.