The island of Kimolos could not be an exception and not confirm the reputation of Greece as one of the richest countries in cultural and archaeological wealth. The island has an Archaeological and Folklore Museum, waiting to unfold the long history and tradition of the island to the visitor!
The Archaeological Museum of Kimolos is located in the capital of the island, Chorio, and is housed in a traditional building that is one of the oldest on the island. This property is opposite the Metropolitan Church of Panagia Odigitria and is characteristic of the island.
The exhibits that are presented begin to tell a story that starts from the first settlement of the island (that we know of as of today) and reaches the present day. The presentation of the exhibits is really impressive, as they prove that the history of the island is lost through the centuries. The glass floor of the museum gives the opportunity to see a representation of an ancient burial, and to experience the experience of visiting the archaeological site more realistically.
Folklore & Maritime Museum
The Folklore & Maritime Museum of the island, respectively, has nothing to envy from the Archaeological Museum. It is located in the traditional complex of the Castle of Kimolos, where it is housed in a privately owned two-storey space. This two-story building is the home of the founder of the museum, physician Manolis Arist. Christoulakis. The purpose of establishing the Folklore Museum is to preserve the island’s great maritime and folk heritage over the centuries.
Among the exhibits of the museum, the visitor can see many protected objects, various weavings, embroidery, but also tools and objects belonging to the older inhabitants of the island. A special area of the house, which functions as a naval corner, is a memorial column of old boats, with photos of their sailing ships and various naval instruments.
Castle of Kimolos
Of course, we must not forget the Castle of Kimolos. The oldest settlement of Chorio Kimolos is the medieval castle of the 14th or 16th century, with a square shape, consisting of two houses.
In the Inner Castle there is no sign of life anymore and it is ruined. But in the Outer Castle there is a series of houses, which functioned as the outer wall, and also the defensive wall. A special architecture, with emphasis on defensive operation and specific entrances.
There are two Gates. The Lower Door and the Upper Door. The first is in the south and the second on the east side. The history of the old settlement is of great interest, since it measures pirate raids and was of key importance for the cultural development of the island of Kimolos.