Byzantine and Folklore Museum in Spilia

The Byzantine and Folklore Museum in Spilia is located in the homonymous village of Kissamos region, in Chania. The name comes from the cave that is located at a very close distance (“spilia” means cave in Greek). It is said that St. John the Hermit lived in this region and the whole area carries a rich and heavy religious tradition. The Byzantine and Folklore Museum in Spilia hosts a wide collection of images of the Byzantine Cretan art and folk images, a field in which the entire region of Chania and Crete, as a whole, has a lot to show.

Three are the most important and representative samples of exhibits that the Byzantine and Folklore Museum in Spilia hosts: three post-Byzantine portable icons, that are of high quality of hagiography and incomparable value:

• The portable icon of the Archangel Michael, a work of the painter Andrea Ritzos, dating back to the second half of the 15th century

• The portable icon of Virgin Mary, portraying the Virgin holding her baby, Jesus, enthroned (around the same period of time with the above work)

• The portable icon of the Presentation of Christ dating from the late 16th century, according to the experts.

Visiting hours: daily 17:00 to 18:00 Saturday 11:00 to 12:00 and by prior arrangement

Phone Number: 00302824022080, 00302824022357

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