Cyclades Olive Museum in Andros, Greece
Andros Museums - Located in the charming village of Ano Pitrofos, just a stone's throw away from Menites, the Cyclades Olive Museum in Andros, Greece is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in the island's rich cultural heritage. The museum is housed in a beautifully restored traditional building that was purchased by civil engineer Dimitris Chelmis, a local guide and the museum's owner.
The museum's centerpiece is a fully operational, animal-powered olive oil mill that occupies a significant portion of the ground floor, known as the katogi. This fine example of a 18th-century production mill was once ubiquitous across Andros and remained in use until the 1960s. The architectural elements of the building, such as arches and domes, are typical of rural Andros and the wider Cyclades region.
Originally built prior to 1857, the Cyclades Olive Museum underwent extensive renovations in 1997, transforming it into the premier cultural attraction it is today. Visitors can witness traditional olive oil production methods that have been used on Andros for centuries and gain insight into the island's unique cultural heritage. Be sure to catch the video of the animal-powered olive oil production, a fascinating glimpse into a time-honored tradition that's still alive and well on this beautiful Greek island.
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