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Best place to buy an icon and some quality handicrafts?

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Best place to buy an icon and some quality handicrafts?

Advice requested!

When I think back on what I have bought on various trips, most destinations had only one purchase I ended up cherishing. In each case it was something made by hand. I am an artist and craftsman myself: which means though I know good workmanship when I see it: I often can’t afford it.

Reproductions are fine: as long as they don’t scream “reproduction,” as when some one makes a clumsy cast of a statue in resin and you can still see the mold marks and the bubbles. I came home almost empty handed from Egypt 5 years ago, because all the shops our group visited had the most crude cheap looking stuff.

I spent a lot of time studying classical Greek pottery in art history. So a good repro of black figure or red figure would be great. I love Byzantine art as well as classical.

I’ll be in Santorini first: if they are known for some kind of handicraft, let me know. Thanks!

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1. Re: Best place to buy an icon and some quality handicrafts?

If you want to purchase quality items, then I recommend visiting the giftshops attached to the many museums in Athens such as Benaki and Cycladic Art



For Icons, you will find stores in the area surrounding the Athens Cathedral which is on Mitropoleos (try Pandrosou St and Appolonos Streets)

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2. Re: Best place to buy an icon and some quality handicrafts?

Exactly what Ddtem wisely advised.

Benaki Museum shop is great, on the more expensive side ( although you can find great bronze paper stands, coin-like around 20 - 25 euros, these are great, look for them at the left as you enter the museum, central desk ). Right side is jewellery.

You can find also some icon place on Agiou Markou / Evagelistrias str.

http://g.co/maps/ev2vc is a map with both Ddtem's wise advise and later advise too.

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3. Re: Best place to buy an icon and some quality handicrafts?

Hey linnea56:-) I couldn't agree more about the Museum gift shops.. I even usually end up buying my Christmas gifts from there;-) As far as Santorini, there is a place (forget the name!) in Oia..edge of Town by the Castle..on a corner..you won't miss it (it's not a large area there..if you walk around, you're bound to bump into it;-) Anyway, there's a guy there that makes handcrafted piecess out of wood..mostly olive wood! He's been there the last couple of times I visited..and I always walk away with some unique items.. hand carved olive picks..cutting board..and he does carve icons as well! I think you'll find it very interesting;-) He's a wonderful guy..and I was shocked when he remembered me the second time I stopped in (after 2 years) considering all the tourists that he sees on a dialy basis in Season! He's always working on something in his little shop area there in the back! Happy shopping..and EnjoY!

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