The Byzantine Museum is placed inside the Church of Panaghia Antivouniotissa that is situated in Campiello quarter. To be more precise from Arseniou road starts the staircase to reach the flank of...
The Byzantine Museum is placed inside the Church of Panaghia Antivouniotissa that is situated in Campiello quarter. To be more precise from Arseniou road starts the staircase to reach the flank of the church where there is the entrance.
The church date back to the XV century and has become a museum in 1979 when the families of Mylonopoulos, Rizikakis, Alamanos and Scarpas donated it to the State.
Five years later when the renovation was finished it was opened to the public.
It's one of the oldest churches of the island and is constituted by only one nave with a painted ceiling and the nartece on three sides.
In the Byzantine Museum there is a rich set of approximately 100 icons that cover an historical period of three centuries from the XVI to the XVIII and represent Saints and Biblical scenes.
These icons, created by various artists like Damaskinos, Avramis, Lombardos and Tzanes, with others memorabilia have been collected from the different churches of the island and put together in this museum.
Among the most important icons there are: the icon of Saint Demetrios who is figured horseback in front of the city of Salonica; the icon of Saint Cyril of Alexandria dressed with valuable clothes; the icon of Saint Sergio, Bacchus and Justina that commemorate the victory of the Europeans on the Turks in 1571; the icon of the Holy Mary "Odigitria" in which there is the Virgin and the Infant Jesus and the icon "Noli me Tangere" that means "don't touch me" realized by Tzanes.
Besides the icons, in the museum there are architectonic sculptures, parts of the paving of Saint Kerkyra church whose ruins are situated in the Paleopoli and fragments of Byzantine fresco of Saint Nicholas church.