Museums to Visit in Leros, Greece
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Leros is a Greek island that is rich in tradition and history. When visiting the island, you will find not only breathtaking natural beauty in the bays, secluded bays, beaches, and mountains, but a lot of history to explore as well. The history of Leros can be found in the archaeological sites, monasteries and churches, monuments, and museums. Here are some of the museums that you can visit when in Leros, Greece.
Archaeological Museum of Leros
Housed in a Neoclassical building that was built in 1882, the Archaeological Museum of Leros is located next door to the Agia Marina primary school. The items that are showcased at the museum are ones that have been excavated in Leros or the small islands that sit nearby. The museum is small, but there is a large collection of items that includes things such as coins from different periods, tomb columns, ancient inscriptions, and resolutions of the ancient city-states of the island of Leros.
Press Museum of Leros
The Press Museum of Leros is a must-see when visiting the island. It is housed in the Bellini Tower in Alinda. The museum showcases old press machinery as well as printed material. At the Press Museum, you will be able to see the progression of the field of printing and press in Greece starting from the 15th century. While there, you can explore the Bellini Tower, which is a mansion that was built in 1923. It is a two and three story stone building that is surrounded by a large garden.
Folklore and Historical Museum of Leros
The Folklore and Historical Museum is also housed in the Bellini Tower. The museum’s exhibits share items of traditional life including utensils, costumes, musical instruments, craftwork, embroidery, and more. The historical part of the museum has collections of maps, photographs, printed material, and portraits. If you’re interested in history, the Bellini Tower and its museums should be a stop on your itinerary.
Ecclesiastical Museum of Leros
Located in the Castle of Panagia, the Ecclesiastical Museum of Leros showcases collections of rare manuscripts, religious icons, wood carvings, utensils, clergy apparatus, and a large book collection. The medieval Castle of Panagia is one of the most well-known historic attractions on Leros. The castle is also known as the Castle of Pandeli. The castle sits on top of Apitiki Hill, which offers a wonderful view of the entire island and the beautiful blue waters of the Aegean Sea. The Castle of Panagia was built during the 11th century and was built over the ruins of an ancient acropolis. When visiting the Ecclesiastical Museum of Leros, you can also take time to explore this historic castle.
Leros is a gorgeous place to visit that is also rich in history and culture. You won’t want to miss the chance to visit these museums!
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