Exploring Culture during Sailing Holidays in Greece
Greek culture is admirable everywhere in the world. There are several museums, open all day, which offer visitors the opportunity to discover important aspects of greek history and travel back in time! There are archaelogical, byzantine, folk art, theme, historical museums and more.
The Archaeological museum of Kos is located at Eleftherias square, in a neoclassical building, designed in 1935. Excavations brought to light findings by the beginning of the century, mainly from the archaeological site of the Market and also from monuments, such as, the Altar of Dionisos, the Odeon and the Roman Residence.
The Folklore Museum is 40 km away from the town of Kos, in Kefalos village. It displays a big collection of agricultural tools and objects used throughout the centuries as well asa lot of traditional artifacts such as embroideries, intricate and stunning woven tapestries and silks.
50 km south of Chania is the mountain village of Askyfou, Sfakia. There is an interesting war museum there, created by a local man, who was travelling all over Crete to collect every vestige of the battle, so as to keep alive the glorious memory of Cretan war history.
The Acropolis museum is located in the center of Athens, in the southeast corner of Acropolis rock and has a total area of 25,000 square meters. It is a brand new museum which was built to host exhibits that were found during the excavations in the Acropolis and were too many to fit in the former small Acropolis Museum.
The industrial museum of Syros is located next to the neoclassical buildings of Ermoupoli, close to the industrial zone. Visitors can see pictures of local painters depicting the island in the 19th century, products of the women’s association from the early 20th century and a digital representation of public and industrial buildings.
The Museum of Ancient, Byzantine and post-Byzantine Musical Instruments are housed in the old Community building of Oia in Santorini. The interesting collection of Mr Halaris, a famous musician, includes musical instruments that date from 2,800 B.
The Modern Greek Art Museum presents extensive painting and engraving collections, numerous sculptures, drawings and documents of historical value. Some of these works of art are considered to be of great significance and they are chosen in order to narrate the history of art.
On the southern coast of Lesvos, Plomari, the ouzo capital of Greece, is built amphitheatrically near the sea and is the second largest town in the island after Mytilini. This is where the famous Barbayiannis Ouzo comes from as well as several other smaller labels like the excellent Ouzo Giannatsi, both distilled in the traditional method.
The beautifully preserved Old Town of Corfu, is a UNESCO world heritage site, where Renaissance, Baroque and Classical cultures come together and fuse with local artistic traditions. Palaces, fortresses, buildings of the Venetian rule uniquely blend with the Greek architecture, small secluded squares and the so-called ‘Kantoúnia’ the vaulted passages that make you feel as if you’ve travelled to Italy.
The museum is located within the archaeological site of Ancient Corinth. The exhibition consists of two main galleries housing sculpture, ceramics, and minor objects from prehistoric through medieval date deriving from excavations in and around Corinth.