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First Byzantine Museum of Peloponnese in Argos

The first Byzantine museum of the Peloponnese will open at the barracks of Kapodistrias in Argos in one and a half years.
The historical building of the museum was constructed in 1690 by Venetians and was used as a hospital. During the years since its construction, it has also been used as a market, a post office, barracks and a school.  It has also housed Turkish prisoners and immigrants from Asia Minor and, during the German occupation, interrogations and tortures took place in the building.
The objects to be exhibited in the museum were found in excavations which took place in Argos, including mosaics of paleochristian Argos and the unique findings from the Andritsa Cave. Most of the findings date back to the Middle Ages.
The new museum is close to the Archaeological Museum and the Neoclassical Municipal Market. The aim of the new museum is to make this particular historical period of the region better known, as well as to promote tourism of the city and to organize cultural events such as exhibitions, seminars and conferences.
The museum was designed by architect-mechanic Alkmini Paka in cooperation with architect-mechanic Konstantino Charalabidis. It will cost one million euro and will be financed by the National Strategic Reference Framework.
Visitors will have a chance to see a representation of a Byzantine temple and house and to learn about the works, professions and style of citizens of Argos in the Middle Ages. The exhibition also includes symbols of Venetians, Franks, Ottomans and of the local population.
Copies of the artworks and the Ministry of Culture publication will be sold on the first floor of the museum.

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