When he wasn’t supervising excavations in the Peleponnese, Heinrich Schliemann –the so-called “father of Mycenaean and Trojan archaeology”– lived in downtown Athens. Iliou Melathron was built and designed by German architect Ernst Ziller, as the residence of the Schliemann family. Just off Syntagma square, the museum is distinguished for its enormous collection of coins, medals, as well as gems dating from Classical, Macedonian, Roman and Byzantine eras up to the foundation of the Modern Greek state. In the 800 sqm garden backyard, replicas of ancient statues mingle with plants of the Greek flora. The yard comes complete with a beautiful café that offers beverages, wine, sandwiches, salads, pizza and beer.
Tue-Sun: 08:30-15:15/ Closed Mon/ Lift access for persons with mobility problem