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Historical and Ethnological Museum of Mani

The Historic and Ethnological Museum of Mani is house in three-story Tzanetakis tower at Gytheio. It is about a traditional building constructed in 1829 which has been restored. It belonged to the bey (Ottoman word meaning chieftain) and general of the War of Independence in 1821, Tzanetakis Grigorakis. In 1993 the exhibition titled “Travelers in Mani 15th-19th century” was inaugurated there. The exhibition describes the journeys of seventy foreign travelers that crossed Mani within five centuries. Through a rich collection of historic artifacts, maps, handwritings and artistic works, visitors can see the travelers’ journeys and stops from the Renaissance until the 19th century. The Department of Neohellenic Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF) organized the exhibition that demonstrates the evolution of the fortification in Mani through the years.

In the historic Tzanetakis tower, on the picturesque island of Kranae (Marathonisi) of Gytheion, the exhibition “Travelers in Mani 15th-19th century” is housed. The exhibition was organized by the Department of Neohellenic Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation. The exhibition was inaugurated in 1993 and is housed in the three-story restored tower that used to belong to the bey (Ottoman word meaning chieftain) and general of the War of Independence in 1821, Tzanetakis Grigorakis. The exhibition presents the journey of seventy foreign travelers that crossed Mani during the last five centuries. Manuscripts, various papers, artistic works, historic artifacts, rare editions and old maps denote travelers’ every stop from the Renaissance until the 19th century. Amongst the most famous travelers is Vincent Maria Coroneli and Evlia Tselebi whose journey is depicted in modern maps that indicate their routes and stops. Lastly, the work of the French Scientific Expedition to the Morea (1829-32) as well as the evolution of the fortification in the peninsula of Mani is thoroughly presented in separate units of the exhibition.

Historic and Ethnological Museum of Mani

Kranae Island, Gytheio(00302733022676)

01/06-31/10, 9am-9pm, 01/11-31/05, 9am-5pm

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