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Archaeological Museum of Tegea

10.08.2018 in Museums

Archaeological Museum of Tegea     Aleus, the legendary king of Tegea, was descendent of King Arcas, son of the god Zeus and his paramour Calisto. Aleus was the founder of the cult of Athena Alea and builder of her temple in Tegea. The sacred land that he dedicated to the goddess would be donated several thousand years later, in 1906, to the Archeological Society of Athens with the intent to build The Archaeological Museum of Tegea.   “After Aepytus, Aleus came to the throne. For Agamedes and Gortys, the sons of Stymphalus, were three generations removed from Arcas, and…

The Museum of the Olive & Greek Olive Oil “The Blessed Fruit of the Olive Tree”

22.05.2018 in Museums

The Museum of the Olive & Greek Olive Oil “The Blessed Fruit of the Olive Tree”     Beneath the might mountain of Taygetus, on the outskirts of Sparta, home of the legendary Leonidas, lies the The Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil. A project of the Pireaus Bank Group Cultural Foundation, the Museum highlights the “ineffable relation of the olive with the identity of Greece” from antiquity to modernity.   The Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation has created in Greece nine of the finest modern museums in the country, from Mastica in Chios, to Silk in Soufli,…

The Archaeological Museum of Sparta

15.05.2018 in Museums

The Archaeological Museum of Sparta     Thousands of finds from the Lacedaemon province and surrounding areas of the Laconia prefecture are housed in the Archaeological Museum of Sparta, the first provincial museum of Greece.   Founded in Sparta in 1833 by the German archaeologist Ludwig Ross, the original Archaeological Museum of Sparta was housed in the church of Agios Panteleimonas. Though destroyed by fire, the Museum would be rebuilt by the Ephorate of Antiquities, Panagiotis Stamatakis, who with 288 ancient objects opened its doors and grew a strong following for the budding museum. Between 1874 and 1876, additional construction…

Jewish Museum of Greece: A monument of memory

15.03.2018 in Museums

Jewish Museum of Greece: A monument of memory     What springs first to mind upon hearing the word “Holocaust”? The March 15-16, 2018, the Jewish Museum of Athens hosts “Teaching Process and the Holocaust in Education”   When this question of “what first comes to mind” is asked, people frequently have flashes of horror and war atrocities… Recent Jewish history represents a more familiar narrative than that of the Jewish people before the Second World War. There is a place, though in Athens, where visitors will find themselves in touch with a more “tangible” history – personalities, icons and…

The Museums of Serres, Greece

19.01.2018 in Museums

The Museums of Serres, Greece     The history of Serres dates by millennia, with a first reference by Herodotus in the 5th century BCE. It’s place in history has run a long line through antiquity, Byzantium and the modern era. It withstood the ancient Romans, Crusaders, Ottoman and Nazi forces. Today, the city flourishes as people flock to take in its natural beauty and fine city. Here are a few “must-see” Museums that stand as a testament to the city’s rich history.   Sarakatsani Folklore Museum The Sarakatsani Folklore Museum was founded in 1979. Since 1997 it has been…

Aegina’s Folk Museum

15.10.2017 in Museums

The Historical & Folklore Museum of Aegina Panayiotis Eriotis, the prominent scholar, archaeologist, folklorist and literature professor who was the Director of the School of Aegina from 1887 to 1925, was a notable influential figure of the island’s cultural and academic world. Today, his home “houses” the culture of his beloved island… The Eriotis family home, built by Panayiotis’ own father in 1828, was bequeathed to the Municipality of Aegina by his daughter Polymnia Erioti Thomakou to house the Historical & Folklore Museum. Another prominent local figure, Gogo Koulikourdes, a professor of History and a close friend to Polymnia, was…

Chromonastiri Museum

15.06.2017 in Museums

Chromonastiri Military Museum A hidden historical gem… Some of the greatest treasures are often tucked away from site, unassuming and unexpected. The Chromonastiri Military Museum in Crete is one such treasure. Situated just outside Rethymno and housed in a restored Venetian mansion, the Chromonastiri Military Museum reveals a proud and impressive history of the Modern Greek military. The Chromonastiri Military Museum can be found on the southern tip of Chromonastiri village, on the northern rim of Mount Vrysinas. From a historical viewpoint, Chromonastiri is one of the most remarkable historic villages of Crete as the history of the region goes…

Byzantine Museum

15.05.2017 in Museums

Byzantine & Christian Museum of Athens – Α museum for everyone! The Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens is one of the most significant institutions of Byzantine and post-Byzantine arts and culture in the entire world… With a history of more than 100 years, the Museum’s permanent exhibition has more than 3,000 objects, dating from the 3rd to the 20th centuries with objects coming from the Greek, Asia Minor and Balkan regions. The Museum’s collection is vast and includes portable icons, sculptures, ceramics, ecclesiastical textiles, paintings, as well as frescoes and mosaics. The Museum’s permanent collection is divided into two…

National Archaeological Museum – 150 years

17.02.2017 in Museums

National Archaeological Museum: 150 years of history The 150th anniversary of Greece’s National Archaeological Museum could not be better celebrated than with the “Odysseus” exhibition, a reflection of the nature of the Ancient Greeks and their inspiring culture. The National Archaeological Museum is without doubt the diamond in Athens’ crown, and the most significant museum in the world for Greek antiquities. But it is the impressive architecture of the building (and entry way adorned with an elongated neo-classic design garden, decorated with sculptures) is what initially captures the attention of visitors. The construction of the neo-classical style building began in 1866 and was completed…

J Paul Getty Presents

17.02.2017 in Museums

J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM PRESENTS  Remembering Antiquity: The Ancient World Through Medieval Eyes The arts and culture of the Middle Ages were the inheritors of a rich classical tradition. For more than a millennium following the fall of Rome, antiquity was evoked and preserved through visual arts, ceremony, and manuscript culture. Remembering Antiquity: The Ancient World Through Medieval Eyes, on view January 24 through May 28 at the J. Paul Getty Museum, explores the constant and varied engagement of medieval people with the classical past. “After the fall of the Roman Empire and the Christianization of Europe, many of the great works…