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Tickets: Entrance fee is by suggested donation at the museum site.
Centrally-located in the Plaka neighborhood, the Benizelos Mansion, also known as the House of Saint Philothei, is the oldest surviving house in Athens, built between the 16th and 17th centuries. This two-story house is an excellent example of a konaki, a noble urban home with architecture found in Ottoman occupied cities, and gives visitors a sense of the traditions and lifestyles of Athenian aristocrats before the Greek revolution against the Ottoman Empire.
The residence’s original occupants were Angelos Benizelos and his wife Syrigi Palaiologina, wealthy Athenian aristocrats with Byzantine roots. They had a daughter named Revoula, a philanthropist who built hospices, shelters and schools, and fought for the freedom of Greek women enslaved into harems by the Ottomans. She was severely beaten and later succumbed to death from her injuries. Revoula Benizelos was canonized as Saint (Agia) Philothei, which translates to “friend of God”, and is now revered as a martyr; her relics are in a tomb at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens in Monastiraki. The house is a standing reminder of St. Philothei, a remarkable woman who despite every possible challenge fought for what she believed in and to protect the most vulnerable.
This small museum is well-worth a quick visit, with excellent explanatory signage in both Greek and English. Entrance fee is by suggested donation and goes to charity. Centrally located in Plaka, an easy 400-meter walk from Monastiraki Square and metro.
Benizelos Mansion Hours and Information
- Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 10am to 1pm. Sunday 11am to 4pm. Open on Wednesday during summer.
- Website: archontiko-mpenizelon.gr
- Location: Adrianou 96
- Telephone: +30 210 324 8861
- Admission Fee: Entrance fee is by suggested donation and goes to charity.
- Parking: Street parking, nearby pay lots.
- Nearest Metro: Monastiraki
The Benizelos Mansion