The museums of Kythira. Classic, Archaic, Byzantine History.
Also the Venetian, French and British ages. Minoan, Mycenaean Arts.
Museums in Kythira
Kythera, with their rich historical history, has small museums and collections that give visitors the opportunity to travel back in time. They will describe historical events, admire important finds and discover how people lived in other times.
The Archaeological Museum of Kythira is located in Chora. After the catastrophic 2006 earthquake, the museum’s building, which had suffered great damage, was restored, retrofitted, and reopened its doors to the public in 2016. It is now one of the most modern museum in Greece and the exhibition is really impressive.
In Chora you can also see the Oikonomi Collection located in the castle. Coats of arms that, in the Venetian times, adorned the houses of noblemen are presented in an excellent exhibition. The Folklore Collection of Kythira in Chora exhibits useful objects of everyday domestic and rural life that show us how people used to live in the old times and how they used them.
In Kato Livadi one can see the collection of Byzantine and post-Byzantine artworks hosted in the post-Byzantine temple of Ascension. You will see hagiographies, mosaics and ecclesiastical vessels originating from the Byzantine and post-Byzantine temples of Kythira.
Also make sure you visit the mill in Mitata, known as “the Fava of Liverpool”. One of the most remarkable cultural sites of Kythira that informs the visitor about the stages of olive oil production as it was in the early 20th century. In the area you will have the chance to see various objects of folklore interest.
The acquaintance with the history of Kythira does not stop here. Every corner of this place hides a secret, a valuable piece of information that may be of interest to you. Schedule your visits after checking the opening hours of the museums. In many of the museums, admission is done by buying special tickets. We wish you to visit them all!
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