Thiva Archaeological Museum

Central Greece

This superb and much-expanded museum explores the rich history of Thiva, which as ancient Thebes played a major role in Greek civilisation from the Bronze-Age Mycenaean era until its destruction by Alexander the Great. Highlights include wall paintings from the city’s Mycenaean palace, and a row of kouroi (large male statues).

A 13th-century medieval stone tower stands in the museum courtyard.

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