The Icons

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The Icons

The Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens exhibits the most beautiful pieces from its ‘Treasures of Refugees' collection at the Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne.

This exhibition draws from a little-known chapter in the history of Europe and the Middle East. In 1922, on the shores of Asia Minor, a tragic event known as the ‘Great Catastrophe' occurred. The result of a rise in nationalism, Greek-speaking people and their culture were brutally driven from the territories where they had lived for centuries. Families had to abandon all their property, saving only their valuable icons before fleeing to Western Europe, particularly to France.

As part of this exceptional exhibition, initiated by the Byzantine and Christian Museum with the collaboration of several religious institutions and French private collectors, unique family icons, key witnesses of exile, are presented, some of which are on display to the public for the first time.

Icons at the Château des Ducs de Bretagne
4, place Marc Elder
44000 Nantes

From 2 July to 13 November 2016

8 EUR (full price)
5 EUR (reduced price)