Outside view of the Museum
 
Address: Dexamenis Square
GR - 521 00 Kastoria, Macedonia, Greece
Opening Hours:
WinterMon.: Closed
Tues.-Sun., holidays: 08.00-14.00
SummerMon.: Closed
Tues.-Sun.: 8.30-15.00
Phone No: (++30) 24670 26781/26649
Fax No.: (++30) 24670 22325
 

 

The Byzantine Museum of Kastoria stands at the highest point of the city, in Dexamenis Square (Platia Dexamenis), next to the Xenia Hotel. It has been open since 1989. It has a collection of some 700 icons from the city’s 75 Byzantine and post-Byzantine churches, and almost all of them have been restored and cleaned by the museum’s conservators. Of this large collection, 35 icons are on permanent display. They date to the 12th–17th centuries and are divided into six groups on the basis of their age and the atelier which produced them.

The most important icons are of: Elijah (12th cent.) in the severe Comnenian style; St Nicholas (12th cent.) on a silver ground and surrounded by ten scenes from his life; Christ Pantocrator (14th cent.); St Kosmas and St Damian (14th cent.); the Panayia Glykofiloussa and the Deposition from the Cross (late 14th cent.); the Man of Sorrows (15th cent.); an altar door (15th cent.) bearing a depiction of the Annunciation and busts of David and Solomon at the top; the Annunciation (16th cent.); the Pantocrator (16th cent.) painted by a well-known icon-painter named Ioannis Permeniotis; the Panayia Hodegetria (16th cent.); and the Dormition of St Nicholas (16th cent.). In the semicircular part of the exhibition space are displayed three outstanding works by Kastorian ateliers: an icon of St Paraskevi carrying her own head, and two altar doors with a representation of the Annunciation.

Until 1998, the museum ran an educational programme for ten- to seventeen-year-olds titled ‘In the World of Byzantine Icons’, and one of its aims for 2000 is to resume the programme. It involved a guided tour of the museum and a detailed account of the stages of the making of an icon, accompanied by related activities and games.

View inside
View inside
Icon of St Paraskevi carrying her own head, and two Vema doors with a representation of the Annunciation
Icon of St Paraskevi carrying her own head, and two Vema doors with a representation of the Annunciation
Prophet Elijah (12th cent.)
Prophet Elijah (12th cent.)
Christ Pantocrator (16th cent.)
Christ Pantocrator (16th cent.)


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