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|Santorini Museums : Icons
& Relics Collection Pyrgos
The Icons & Relics Collection of Pyrgos
houses a collection of priceless hagiographies, wooden sculptures,
metal art works & other items for ecclesiastic use. Most
of the exhibits date back to the 17th & 18th century.
It also hosts displays on shoemaking, printing, candle making,
wine making and typical local food.
The museum can be found in Agia Triada, originally a Catholic
church belonging to a small convent. It had been completely
abandoned, and in the early seventies only the north wall
and part of the Sanctum were standing. Under the 'Association
of Pyrgos Residents in Thira' initiative and Mrs. Liza Patiniotis,
president of the Association at that time, efforts were made
to rebuild the church in 1975 in order to house the collection.
Mrs. Patiniotis had the foresight to gather the items of the
collection immediately after the 1956 earthquake. The second
Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities with the cooperation of
Thira's Holy Metropolis and the community of Pyrgos, managed
in 1997 to exhibit once again the collection that had been
remained closed for so many years.
The oldest icon of the collection that is dated back to the 16th century has
the portrait of Agios Georgios and according to testimonies
from elderly citizens of Kasteli, comes from the church
of the same name.
The form of the rider Saint where the horse appears
sideways was probably created in Crete in the 15th century
but it has never been established. Three icons of the
collection,'Agios Ioannis Theologos', 'Upper Prophets'
and 'Theia Leitourgia come from the small temple of
Agios Ioannis Theologos, once glebe of Patmos monastery.
The third icon is actually signed by the priest Emmanouil
Skordilis. The famous Cretan hagiographer created a
workshop on Milos island in the second half of the 17th
century, and one can find his hagiographies on many
islands. The Collection has also displays works from
other prominent hagiographers, such as Heir Viktoros
and Monk Paisios.
A beautiful piece of wooden sculpture is the Cross
with the trifid edges of the antennas and the 'Lypira'
with Panagia and Ioannis. The three monstrances and
Epitaphy complete the collection of the wooden sculptures
of the 18th and 19th century.
Embroideries, canonicals, holy books and brassware
items embellish the collection. Amongst them you can
distinguish a pair of golden embroidered sleeves with
scenes of Eisodia and Ypapanti.
|Pyrgos Santorini 847 00 Greece
| Open from April until October
|Daily : 10:00 - 16:00
|Photo : Klearchos Kapoutsis
|Photo : Klearchos Kapoutsis