Thursday, August 17, 2017

Museums of Santorini

Naval museum
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Museums of international importance are the pride and joy of the cultural heritage of the island. In pole position stands the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, one of the most important museums in Greece. The town of Akrotíri and findings from it (bronze utensils, tools and weapons, plaster casts of wooden furniture, Linear A boards) are on display for visitors who would like to get a feel of what life was like in the prehistoric settlement just before its devastation by the volcanic eruption. Take the opportunity to see the three-dimensional images of the frescoes of Akrotiri, housed in the Congress Centre “Petros M. Nomikos”.

Museum of prehistoric TheraThe Archaeological Museum of Firá offers a clear and scientific insight to the human presence on the island, from the Dorian colonization at the dawn of history to late Roman times. Collections of sculptures, inscriptions, clay figurines and painted vases are some of the exhibits.
It was built in 1960 by the Ministry of Public Works in order to replace the old museum (built in 1902), that had collapsed during the earthquake of 1956.
Noteworthy are a fine collection of geometric red and black vases from the fifth century BC Inscriptions are plentiful among the displays in the museum and a certain amount of Minoan ware is also on exhibit.
The museum also hosts impressive frescoes as well as sculptures of the Hellenistic period, Byzantine works of art and even some remains of prehistoric times.

Archaeological Museum
Collections on Display :
- Sculpture from the Archaic to the Roman period
- Inscriptions from the Archaic to the Roman period
- Vases & clay figurines, dating from the Geometric to the Hellenistic periods
Fira Santorini 847 00 Greece
8.30 - 15.00 (Mon closed)
Tel : +30 22860 22217

museum of folkloric art The Museum of Folkloric Art in Kontohóri, also set in the pumice cliff, hosts collections of lithographs, manuscripts and books, and it revives obsolete professions, such as those of blacksmiths, shoemakers and carpenters.
The folklore museum of Santorini is located in Fira at a place called Kontohori. The museum is hosted into traditional cave houses of 1861. We suggest to take the small walk from the main square of Fira to discover the gem Mr Manolis Lignos has created. With a 3 euros ticket you receive a guided tour of the museum. It is actualy the recreation of a tiny village and take a walk into the past of Santorini walking between the various shops and houses.

The main exhibits are:
Typical cave house
Traditional winery (cave, wine cellar with treading vats, barrels, wine press, linens and antiwue utensils)
Cavern (showing evidence of the volcanic eruption ftom the excavation of the layers of soil)
Traditional workshops (Carpenters, Barrel makers, Shoemakers and Tinsmiths)
Gallery about Santorini (a display of works by famous artists inspired by Santorini)
Historical archives (Lithographs, Manuscripts and Books from Santorini)
Garden with seating areas among trees and flowers
Chapel of Agios Konstantinos with its belfry and its festivities room
Pictures of the way of living on the island a few years before.
Folklore Museum of Santorini Emm. A. Lignos
84700 Thira, Kontohori
Phone +30 22860 22792
It is operating daily from 10.00 - 14.00 & 18.00 - 20.00.

item from akrotiriThe Naval Museum in Oia highlights the contribution of Santorini to the glorious history of the Greek Navy. Housed in a shipowner’s mansion of the 19th century, the museum displays an amazing collection of maps and photos, as well as rare objects (trunks, naval equipment, ship models) belonging to the great shipowners of the island.
In Oia, the picturesque traditional town on the northwest coast of Santorini, an 19th century mansion has been restored and converted into a museum that houses the Maritime History of Thira.

Rare figureheads, Seamens' Chests, old maritime equipment, carrening drawings and patterns, models of old and new Thiran ships, acquarelles featuring old sailing vessels as well as rare photographs and a library, all register year by year the contribution of the Thirans to the glorious history of the Hellenic Navy. Oia reached the peak of prosperity in the late 19th & early 20th century. Its economic prosperity was based on its merchant fleet which plied trade in the Eastern Mediterranean, especially from Alexandria to Russia.
Hence the two-story captains houses built on the highest part of the village which are a reminder of the village's former affluence .
Address : OIA
Zipcode : 84702
City : SANTORINI
Phone : +30 22860 71156

wine museum• Do not forget to visit the unique Wine Museum. Built 8 metres below the ground, the museum offers you the chance to get to know the history of wine production on Santorini and the everyday life of the local wine makers. Some major features of the museum are the electronic guide in nine languages and the chance to taste delicious local wines.
Being the only one of its kind in Greece, the Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum occupies a natural cave. It is eight meters below ground, 300 meters long and has a labyrinth-like shape. The Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum presents the history of wine and the life of vine-growers in Santorini since the 1600s.

During the tour, the visitors have the opportunity to see representations of the history of wine. An automatic audio guide is available in fourteen languages , and a guidebook is also available in twenty-two languages.
"The whole range of tools , vessels and machinery are genuine and rare pieces, which have been valued greatly by past generations of the Koutsoyannopoulos family through years of use".

The stages of the winemaking process and the whole range of machinery are presented in chronological order. The visitors can experience the stages of pruning and ploughing of the vineyards, harvesting , stomping and weighing of the grapes. The rare exhibits, including winemaking machinery and tools, will take the visitors back in time to another era.
Lastly, the visitors will have the opportunity to taste four of the best wines that our winery produces today, in a specially designed wine-tasting area. In this manner, the visitors will keep the memory of travelling into the past alive.
The Cycladic culture, the process and the hardships of winemaking continue to captivate thousands of visitors each year.
Opening times
December to March    09:30-14:00 Monday to Saturday (Sunday closed)
April, May, November    10:00-17:00 Monday to Sunday
June to October    10:00-19:00 Monday to Sunday

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