The Greek Ministry of Culture certified two museums in the Piraeus Bank Foundation thematic museums network, the Rooftile & Brickworks Museum in Volos and the Environment Museum of Stymphalia in the region of Corinthia, on Monday.
Lina Mendoni, Greek Minister of Culture, calling the two museums “exceptional,” noted that the Piraeus Bank Foundation worked diligently to create both these pioneering cultural sites.
The Rooftile & Brickworks Museum is housed in a historic factory built in 1926 by Nikolaos and Spyridon Tsalapatas. The massive complex, which covers approximately 5.44 acres, was one of the largest factories of its kind while active.
Displaying both the process and history of brick-making, an important product in the region, and the daily life of workmen who were employed at the factory, the Rooftile & Brickworks Museum provides a unique view into the history of Greek industry.
The factory remained empty after it closed in 1978, until it was purchased by the city of Volos in 1995. The Piraeus Bank Foundation took over restoration work on the factory, converting it into an interactive, innovative museum, which was completed in 2006.
Environment Museum of Stymphalia
Situated on the banks of Lake Stymphalia, the largest mountainous body of water in the Peloponnese and the southernmost mountainous wetland in all of the Balkans, the Environment Museum of Stymphalia highlights the area’s impressive biodiversity.
The region, which belongs to the European Network of Protected Areas, or NATURA 2000, is home to unique flora and fauna, including a large population of migratory birds.
Stymphalia is also a significant location in Greek mythology, as a legend says that Heracles slayed the Stymphalian birds there as part of his twelve labors.
Featuring a large aquarium with native fish, digital models of the lake and wildlife habitats, the Environmental Museum of Stymphalia helps bring awareness to the delicate ecosystem of the wetlands, and shows how nature and mankind are inextricably connected.