Athens City Museum tour: King Otto’s First PalaceAthens, Greece
Athens City Museum
A fascinating self-guided audio walking tour in Athens City Museum with credible & original stories written by top local professionals. Take your tour now & enjoy it instantly on your smartphone device.
Discover the exhibits and interesting stories about Greece’s first royal couple, Otto and Amalia, Athens’ largest oil painting and how it saved the Parthenon, and the history of the carnival in Greece.
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1. King OttoThe first King of Greece was the second son of the King of Bavaria, Ludwig I. His father wanted him to become a clergyman. However, he became a King, while still a minor.
2. Queen AmaliaAmalia filled Athens with beautiful gardens and trees. Nowadays, we can still walk among some of them, like the palm tree which you can see in the garden of the Museum.
3. Athens of 1674, Jackques CarreyThis painting in combination with Carrey’s drawings is the reason why the sculptures of the Parthenon were properly restored after Morosini’s bombardment.
King OttoOtto (Otto Friedrich Ludwig von Wittelsbach) was son of the King of Bavaria, Ludwig I, of the House of Wittelsbacher and Queen Therese. He was King of Greece from 1833 until 1862, when he was exiled. He married Amalia in 1835, just after he became an adult. He died from streptococcus in Bamberg.
Queen AmaliaAmalia Maria Frederica (German: Amalie Marie Friederike) was Princess of Schleswing-Holstein-Glücksburg-Sonderburg. She was the eldest daughter of the Grand Duke of Oldenburg, Paul Friedrich August and the Duchess Adheleid, of the House of Vasa, the Royal House of Sweden. In 1835, she married King Otto in Oldenburg, Bavaria and she lived in Greece as a queen for 27 years. She died from bronchitis in Bamberg, Bavaria on 20/2/1875, at the age of 57 years.
The drawings which saved the Parthenon
Athens of 1674, Jackques CarreyCarrey’s drawings allowed the proper restoration of the sculptures, after the disaster caused by Morozini (1687) and the Earl of Elgin (1801-1805). Along with the drawing of an unknown Italian artist, which dates back in 1670, they are the only faithful portrayals of Athens with the Parthenon intact, since all the older portrayals were imaginary, that is to say they weren’t based on on-the-spot observation and portrayal but on descriptions from written sources.
Athens City Museum
Our Museum presents the modern history of Athens, Europe’s oldest and most famous city, since it became the capital of the newly founded Hellenic State in 1834 under the first royal couple, Otto and Amalia.
|Address||Museum of the City of Athens (Mouseion Tis Poleos Ton Athinon)|
|Starting point||7 loannou Paparrigopoulou, Athina (Μetro station Panepistimio)|
|Opening hours||Mon., Wed. to Fri. 09:00-16:00. Sat., Sun. 10:00-15:00|
|Additional admission||General 5€|
Why take a self-guided tour?
This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.
You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.
After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.