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Archeological Museum of Myrina

Come over for a flash from the distant and more recent past of the island, with a visit at the Archaeological Museum of Limnos. A marvel itself, renewed to its neoclassical form in Romeikos Gialos, hosts great monuments dated back to the Neolithic era up to the Roman age.

Expanding onto two floors of the building, the exhibition of the antiques accommodates mobile findings derived from numerous excavations of the Greek Archaeological Service and Italian Archaeological School of the island, alongside very few monuments that some Greeks managed to carry back from their land of the neighbouring Imbros. The volume and variety of the exhibits on display is huge but it will not be a struggle to navigate and wonder around in the museum, owing to numerous maps and text slides, artifact layouts, photographs, descriptions and signs that make the monuments feel very much “alive”.

Pottery of the Blue Period from Poliochni, Eros the Archer of Love from Hephaestia, the reliefs of the goddess Cybele, the sacrificed young bull from the shrine of Artemis, the musicians figurines playing the guitar from the ancient Myrina and everyday utensils, jewellery , tools and coins from all the epochs of life on Limnos. After your journey back in time, you will have the chance to unwind in the courtyard of the museum, surrounded by other architectural elements, inscriptions and gigantic urns from Poliochni.

Myrina – Limnos, Romeikos Gialos, tel.: 22540 – 22990


 

The Church Museum of Myrina

During your tour on the island a visit to the Church Museum of Myrina is a must, especially if you are found in Limnos for religious and pilgrimage tourism. It's not just some space with piled sacred relics in dusty display cases; but a museum of religious heritage, erected with effort and ardor (eagerness) by the present Metropolitan of Limnos.

Shortly after his accession in 1989, Mr. Ierotheos decided to gather together objects of Devine Worship located in various temples, chapels and churches scattered around the villages of Limnos and Ai-Stratis, which were abandoned in closets and vulnerable to loss and decay. This project led to the establishment of the Church Museum in Myrina with the purpose to safeguard the sacred relics, their scientific documentation and maintenance.

Housed on the ground floor of the Metropolitan Cathedral in Romeikos Gialos, nearby the Archaeological Museum, it hosts two thematic different chambers counting 502 revered artifacts of the Byzantine and post-Byzantine era, sacred icons much the same of those of The Lamentation (1777), theological books and vestments but also crosses of sanctification, embroidered coverings of holy cups, censers, unguentaria and seals.

Myrina – Limnos, Romeikos Gialos, tel.: 22540 – 22474


 

The Gallery of Modern Balkan Art in Kontias

Something's going on in Kontias, something's “always going on” in the Gallery of Modern Balkan Art”, in this active artistic village. The restlessness and thirst for fine art led the members of the Cultural Association of Residents of Kontias in Limnos to organize, despite adversity, two Balkan art symposiums in 1999 and 2001. Great names in Balkan art responded to the call and found themselves in the traditional village of Limnos, donating their artworks to the village.

Artworks embodying the way Limnos was pictured by artists from Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, FYROM and Turkey.

Their work ended up in the elegant stone building of the Gallery, created with fervor and endeavor from the art lover residents, and now constitute the permanent exhibits of the Gallery.

Alongside the permanent collection, other temporary exhibitions are also occasionally hosted on the Gallery premises from various artists from Limnos and rest of Greece and abroad.

Do not be surprised if a painting exhibition from art students in Limnos is followed by a group project of watercolor paintings of Vourloumis, Rallsi, Baharian or a retrospective one by the great Lemnian cartoonist KEM. Always something going on in Kontias.

Kontias, tel. 22540-51425


 

Folklore Museum of Portianou

One of its kind in the island, the exhibits of the Folklore Museum in the village of Portianou will certainly make you feel like being a guest in a Lemnian house back in the day.

 

Gain a sense of the fashion in the 18th century from the traditional folk cloth wear in the display cabinets. Get a glimpse of the bridal bed with the handmade laces. Have a feel of the pitchers, tubs and utensils of the housewife of old times or the loom, the spinning wheel and knitting tools once held by the diligent and dexterous Lemnian woman.

An employee of the museum will gladly guide you about and answer your questions about the spinning wheel and warp, while in the outdoor space you will have the chance to look at the agricultural tools used by the farmers to of the island for carving, thrashing and harvesting of the fruitage, long before the appearance of tillers and tractors.

A very distinguished exhibit also found in the museum is Winston Churchill's armchair, which brings to memory the tragedy of Gallipoli in 1915, when the British General and politician came to Limnos and formulated the headquarters of his expedition against Turkey in the village of Portianou.

Portianou, tel. 22540-51785


 

Maritime and Sponge Museum

This thematic museum in New Koutali is a reason enough for you to travel on the western side of the Gulf of Moudros and discover the tradition of the Lemnians in sponge diving. A small part of history of the island, perhaps not as well known to the public as the sponge divers of Kalymnos and Symi, unravels in front your eyes in view of an area enviable for both its wealth and the impeccable museological direction of the exhibition.

Come over to breath along the Lemnian diver in his diving suit, belted with sinkers on his chest, as he dives in the high seas aquatic depths to “harvest” auriferous sponges from the seabed. Spectate amphorae of ancient shipwrecks, common fishery grounds of sponge divers, and learn first-hand the history of the legendary wrestler who made his village famous, the legendary Koutalianos.

The creation of the collection began in 1950's, when the Director of the elementary school in New Koutali, Ioannis Alevropoulos, convinced the sponge divers to donate to the school the ancient artifacts, along with the sponges, found in the depths of the sea. Approximately half a century later, this invaluable collection was welcomed in the Maritime Museum of New Koutali, which opened its gates in 2006.

Examine the boots and achtarmades, sculptures and miniatures of fishing boats which engraved the routes for the Aegean sponge areas using the Gulf of Moudros as a starting point, and sailed up to the coast of North Africa in their hunt for sponges.

This was a journey of life and death, “sponge or pelt” as described by the sponge divers. How many would get back unharmed? Agony masked behind the smiles of the captain and the divers at the Museum's black and white photographs.

New Koutali, tel. 22540-92383

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