|Santorini Culture & Tradition
Churches & Religion
|santorini churches, greek orthodox easter, religious
calendars and festivals, greek namedays, recipes ...
| Museums in
|archaeological museum, prehistoric museum, megaro
gyzi museum, naval museum, george emmanuel argyros mansion,
lignos folklore museum ...
|petros m. nomikos conference center, thera wall
paintings, art space argyros canava exhibition, 'vanishing santorini'
|akrotiri excavations, ancient thira ...
|Santorini Museums : Megaro
Gyzi Cultural Center
|The Cultural Center 'Megaro Gyzi' was founded in
1980, the main purpose being spiritual development and the cultural
improvement of the residents, as well as the promotion of Santorini
The main purpose of the Cultural Center is the spiritual
development, the cultural improvement and the advancement,
of Thira and its residents for the main part, but also of
the whole Cycladic area in general. Within the dictates of
this purpose, particularly during the tourist period, organizes
painting exhibitions, concerts and musical recitals, theatrical
performance, photographic exhibitions, lectures, traditional
dances, film showings and other events ...
Megaro Gyzi is one of the
few 17th century old family mansions to have survived
the earthquake of 1956. It was donated by the Catholic
Diocese of Santorini for the activities of the Cultural
The Manor's front entrance is decorated by the Gyzi
family crest. The Gyzi Manor is a structure of exceptional
architectural interest and beauty, of which only the
basement remained (following the 1956 earthquake), where
the utility room of the old estate was housed.
It is a unique building of its era in Santorini, since
the ground floors develop around a patio, attributing
a distinctive architecture to the inner open area that
was created. This area is partly covered with an elegant
With the support and contribution
from the Catholic Diocese of Santorini it has been carefully
restored in a way that it retains much of its original
character in an effort to preserve those distinct features
of the local architectural heritage.
The building was minimally modified to meet the functional
demands of a Cultural Centre accommodating exhibition
space and facilities for cultural events.
For over 25 years, since 1981, the Cultural Center 'Megaro Gyzi' has been annually
organising between the 1st and 31st of August a festival
of various cultural events including music concerts
and painting exhibitions of well-known artists.
All visitors, foreign and Greek, enjoy these events
at no charge, since there is a free general admission
These activities of the Cultural Center 'Megaro Gyzi'
contribute positively to Santorini’s cultural
life for both the local residents of the island and
its numerous friends and visitors.
The Cultural Center 'Megaro Gyzi' has been established
in the consciousness of the people of Santorini for
the quality of its cultural events. It is an attraction
to every visitor of the island, stamping its mark on
the cultural events of Santorini beyond the trends of
the time that are dominated by commercialization.
| · A collection of authentic
|· A collection of old
|· A collection of paintings
|· A collection of paintings,
donated by the Pintos couple
|· A collection of old
photographs of scenic Santorini
|· A collection of Santorini's
|Fira Santorini 847 00 Greece
|The museum is opposite the Roman
| Open from May 1st – October
|Daily 10.30 - 13.30 & 17.00
|Sundays 10.30 - 16.30