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The Folk Museum of Hamezi

The Folk Museum of Chamezi is situated at the homonymous village, at a distance of some 10 kilometers western to Sitia and it is in fact both a Folk Museum and an original traditional house of Lassithi. The attempt to collect the exhibits is dated back to the late 70s’ when the Cultural Association and the Educational community of the village established the Museum. In 1978 it was constructed the first building, which is a traditional Cretan house of the 19 th century, with the arches and all the typical architectural features of it.

The impression of the visitor when entering this house is that of plainness and frugality dominating in the house, its furniture and equipment. You may see an original loom for weaving both the decoration cloths and the every day cloths of the family, some very simple chairs and a big low table (“sofas”), a big mirror and a sofa, the trunk and the lamp stand with the oil lamps, the hand grinders for making flour and numerous vases of various sizes.
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In 1993 it has been constructed the second wing, which gave to the museum its actual form. The new wing contains a representation of an oil-press workshop, a smith’s workshop with the anvil, the hand-bellows and the rest of the equipment necessary. The most impressive part of this wing is the yard with the wine-press (pressing was done with the feet), the water basin and the small oven, working with woods, a characteristic feature of every Cretan yard in this period.

The second building not only is a characteristic sample of the local traditional architecture, but also a good sample of the ability of the local craftsmen who were given an almost ruined building and made out of it the marvelous construction that we see today.

The main object of the Museum is not to make a simple representation of a traditional house, but to represent it in such a way that the tradition and the culture of Crete are alive and comprehensive. It is worth mentioning that all the exhibits come from donations of the residents of the village.

Access from Aghios Nicolaos and Sitia is possible by rented or private car and motorbikes.
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