The Byzantine Museum is placed inside the Church of Panaghia Antivouniotissa that is situated in Campiello quarter. To be more precise from Arseniou road starts the staircase to reach the flank of the church where there is the entrance.
The church date back to the XV century and has become a museum in 1979 when the families of Mylonopoulos, Rizikakis, Alamanos and Scarpas donated it to the State.
Five years later when the renovation was finished it was opened to the public.
It’s one of the oldest churches of the island and is constituted by only one nave with a painted ceiling and the nartece on three sides.
In the Byzantine Museum there is a rich set of approximately 100 icons that cover an historical period of three centuries from the XVI to the XVIII and represent Saints and Biblical scenes.
These icons, created by various artists like Damaskinos, Avramis, Lombardos and Tzanes, with others memorabilia have been collected from the different churches of the island and put together in this museum.
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