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MUSEUM OF PONTIAN HELLENISM. Historical - Ethnological

The Committee for Pontian Studies, with the establishment and operation of the Museum of Pontian Hellenism, responds first of all to the sentimental needs of the generation of Pontian refugees. It also responds to the vital and unanimous interest of the younger generation of Hellenes and also of foreigners for an accurate and complete picture of the Hellenes of Pontos (S.E. Coast of the Black Sea). The Museum provides them with the material needed to learn what the Pontos was and what the history and civilization that evolved there were, what its relationship with Greece and the rest of the world was etc.


The Museum of Pontian Hellenism, a foundation open to the public, is appropriate for learning and studying every aspect of the civilization of this branch of Hellenism, as it has evolved in the Asia Minor area throughout the centuries until 1922, but also as it is preserved and is being developed today by the Hellenes of Pontian origin living in Greece and abroad.


THE HEIRLOOMS

The core of the collection consists of the folklore material collected during the first exploratory expedition of the Committee for Pontian Studies, which was carried out in 1967 by the Committee’s Secretary of that time, scholar-author Simos Lianides.

 

Afterwards material was collected mostly by immediate donations from individuals and by grants from associations. The Museum today consists of more than a thousand items, such as icons, liturgical objects, sealed Patriarchical documents and other official documents, rare editions of books, newspapers and magazines, traditional clothes and jewellery, bathing objects, urban household items, copper utensils, musical instruments.

 

The items are complemented by audiovisual material. The material displayed dates back to the 17th century, but the biggest part belongs to the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.

 

THE EXHIBITION

The exhibition, organized in functional sections – with show-cases, paintings, a representation of a rural house and a projection of transparencies of a rural house and a projection of transparencies – covers one floor of the building, while another floor is intended for periodic exhibitions, educational programmes and other parallel activities, which will be organized for the more detailed presentation of particular subjects of the Pontian Civilization.

 

THE THEMATIC SECTIONS

The Museum’s material has been organized in 32 thematic sections.

At first the visitor is presented with the map of the Pontos. The visitor follows the historic course of the Hellenes of the Pontos, from antiquity, throughout the Byzantine period and the Turkish domination, down to the 19th century. The peculiarities of the traditional and the modern way of life are presented, especially as they took shape in the first decade of the 20th century. The socio-economic peak of the Pontian Hellenes of the period is revealed in detail in various sectors of life. The visitor is provided with representative data on the vigorous presence of the Pontians on both the eastern and northern shores of the Black Sea.

 

Afterwards, the visitor is initiated into the tragic events of Pontian Hellenism (1914-1922): After having bravely resisted the systematic long-lasting effort for its destruction, the Pontian Greek Community falls from the highest level of organization to disintegration. In the multi-cultural societies of the Pontos and Asia Minor in general, peaceful coexistence is overturned. Their common fate of uprooting and becoming refugees follows.

 

The next thematic sections present the refugees settling down in Greece and the common effort scholars and simple people to preserve their traditions in various ways, not only in the first years but also many decades after their uprooting and up to today.

 

Visiting hours : From Monday to Friday 10.00 – 16.00.

There is no entrance charge.

Visiting hours for groups scheduled by communication.

Tel.: +30 2109325521, +30 2109354333, fax. no : +30 2109354333.

e-mail : info@epm.gr

 

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