Sights of Interest in Greece
An interesting monument at Monastiraki square...
Tzisdarakis Mosque05-02-2013 15:40The Mosque in Monastiraki square was built by the Turkish Woiwode of Athens, Tzisdarakis, in 1759. It was also called the Mosque of the Lower Fountain after the fountain that used to stand there, while the whole district was known as the Lower Bazaar.
Tzisdarakis, who was the local governor of the Ottoman Rule in Athens, brought to the mosque some columns from the Temple of Olympian Zeus, without the Sultan’s permission. For his action, he was heavily fined and chased out from his position. According to an old painting of 1839 there was also a minaret at the southwestern corner of the Mosque, which was destroyed after the outbreak of the Greek Revolution 1821.
With the founding of the Greek State, the Mosque was used for various purposes, as barracks for the army band, as a jail, and in 1915 it was restored by Anastassios Orlandos. From 1918 it housed the Museum of Folk Art under its original name “The Museum of Greek Handicrafts” which it retained until 1959.
As the Mosque could not meet the demands of the collection, it was transferred to the building at Kydathinaion street and the Mosque reopened in 1975 and up today is being used to exhibit the ceramic collection donated by Professor Kyriazopoulos to the Greek State.
The Mosque suffered severe damages of the earthquake in 1981 and during the restoration interventions the whole construction went through major reinforcement, repair and strengthening works.
The Kyriazopoulos collection includes ceramic objects crafted in various traditional workshops all over Greece and Cyprus, providing with important elements of the Modern Greek pottery.
Among the artisans whose artifacts are exhibited here there are three Asia Minor refugees, Minas Avramides, Makarios Vardaxis and Demetris Mygdalinos. They brought to Greece the shapes and decorative motifs of the ceramic traditions they had been taught in their first homelands contributing in the art of pottery new ideas and techniques.
Notable artisans were also those from the islands with long tradition in pottery like Sifnos, Rhodes, the island of Cyclades and Eastern Aegean Sea.
The statue of Poseidon, made of Parian marble, was found in 1877 on Milos island, along with a statue of his mate, Amphitrite. The larger than life-size statue depicts the god almost nude, wearing a himation covering the lower part of the body. In his raised right hand he will have held the trident. Next to his right leg is a support in the form of a dolphin. Today, the statue is exhibited at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens city.
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More than just a famous tourist destination, Santorini boasts a romantic scene where you can have some really memorable moments with your partner. The time when the sun sets deep down to the Aegean Sea and the sky gets these amazing orange colors is the best to enjoy a cocktail. One of the best places to do so is the Classico bar restaurant in the capital of Fira.
Touristorama has been travelling all around Greece and its islands for over a decade. This year, during our trip to Naxos, the biggest of the Cyclades complex, we discovered an interesting spot, perfect for your night out on the island… which is what we do best: finding the best places and then propose you should visit them! Prime is a Scandinavian Bar, located on a privileged position in Chora of Naxos, opposite the port. It’s been operating for 21 years and enjoys a great fame to both foreign and local tourists.
In recent years, the beloved habit of pancakes has begun to become widespread in Greece as well. Touristorama discovered in Nafplion the place that makes the most delicious pancakes, according to the original American recipe.
“Brunch” is both a noun, a verb and way of life. It’s not only an opportunity to eat something nice, but also a way to catch up with friends in the middle of the day. In Athens city we love it for both reasons. We have even discovered an easily accessible spot, perfect for the citibreakers to enjoy a full breakfast or a brunch during their travel in the Greek capital.
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