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Address: 10, Venizelou St. GR 62300, Sidirokastro, Serres prefecture, Macedonia, Greece
Opening Hours: By appointement daily
Phone No: (++30) 23230 22307, 22218
Fax No.: (++30) 23230 22218
 

 

Sidirokastro is 85 km from Thessaloniki and 25 km from Serres. It has had a museum since 1979, which was set up as a private initiative in order to showcase the numerous aspects of the personal collection of Mihalis Tsartsidis. The collection is divided into two parts, military and folklore.

The owner of the collection started collecting weapons and military memorabilia in 1941, and it has now grown into a large collection of weapons dating from the Balkan Wars and the First and Second World Wars. Apart from all kinds of rifles, revolvers, and pistols, visitors can also see German bombs from WWII, cartridge belts, helmets, knapsacks, photographs of the battle along the fortified positions of Rupel, letters stored by Greek fighters in their rifle barrels, the flag of the Headquarters of the Greek Army in the Middle East, German propaganda posters, and a piece of soap made from human fat (a Jewish victim of the Holocaust). A rare piece, in both conception and execution, is a rifle disguised as a walking stick, which was used for secret executions. The most recent exhibits are Serbian army helmets with holes in them, proof of the execution in cold blood of Serb soldiers by UCK fighters.

The folklore section of the collection seeks not to recreate the traditional way of life, but to preserve and display some rare and not-so-rare tools, costumes, and objects that were used in times gone by. Of particular interest are three bellows used by a blacksmith, a coppersmith and a confectioner, moulds for cast iron, moulds for bricks, wooden safety locks, and various tools of destruction.

Part of the folklore section
Part of the folklore section
Machine gun of the greek army
Machine gun of the greek army
Part of large collection of weapons
Part of large collection of weapons


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