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Folklore Museum of Stemnitsa

COUNTY: Arcadia MUNICIPALITY: Gortynos

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Folklore

TL;DR

A museum that covers the professional and social lifestyle of the village of Stemnitsa, equipped with lecture halls that are used for presentations.

The Stemnitsa Folklore Museum, which operates since 1985, is one of the most important folklore museums in Greece. The building –the 18th century Hatzis manor– was not enough, so in 1995, through the donation of Savvopoulos’ and Ioannis Martinos’ families another building of traditional architecture was constructed. It is a non-profit institution established by Ioannis and Irini Savopoulou, who wanted to promote and protect the rich folklorist history of the region.

The museum covers the professional and social lifestyle of Stemnista during the 18th and 19th century.  You can visit the workshops of different traditional professions (shoemaker, canldemaker, bellmaker, silversmith, and others). You will have the chance to admire a representation of the interior of an old Stemnitsa’s mansion (19th century) with the authentic and typical furniture, weavings, embroideries and loom.

The museum houses the Savvopoulos’ collection with local costumes, byzantine icons, jewelry, wood carvings, ceramics, weavings, etc. In addition, there is the collection of the famous puppeteer (karagkiozopaiktis) Lampros Karadimas,

In the New Wing, there is a lecture hall with the infrastructure needed in order for presentations to be held and in its wall showcases you can admire a collection of ecclesiastical silverware, weavings and home utensils.

Opening hours: 8.30-15.00, closed in February

Tel: +30 27950-81252