THESSALONIKI, Greece---For the first time, an enormous treasury of
Byzantine art objects will leave the precincts of Mount Athos to be
exhibited in Thessaloniki, Europe's Cultural Capital for 1997.
The exhibit, which opens in June in the newly expanded Museum of
Byzantine Civilization, will include 108 Byzantine and
post-Byzantine icons (from the total Athos collection of about
15,000); 120 illuminated manuscripts; 120 miniatures; 30 elaborate
embroideries; 25 ancient seals and coins from various Greek
Orthodox monasteries, as well as woodcuts, sculptures and
The objects on display will include liturgical and
ecclesiastical objects, as well as everyday tools, utensils and
furniture used in the daily lives of the sheltered monks.
For details, call the Greek National Tourist Organization in New
York at (212) 421-5777.