Historical and Folklore Museum of Orestiada

A refugee wagon, loaded with all the household of its owners and with soil from unforgettable homelands. It is the “carriage of uprooting”, which welcomes the visitors of the Historical and Folklore Museum of Orestiada.

The refugee story of its ingabitants, the uprooting from Karagatch, Adrianoupolis and the surrounding villages and the settlement and creation of a new town unfold in a specially designed space, the Historical and Folklore Museum of Orestiada and Region, in the town of Orestiada.

The Historical and Folklore Museum of Orestiada is housed in a traditional, three-storey building (masonry, wooden corbels, wooden shutters).

  • Ground floor:
    • Traditional carriages
    • Tools of rural life
    • Photographs from the founding of New Orestiada
  • First floor:

v  Ecclesiastical artifacts from Saints Theodores of Karagatch and Adrianoupolis and the holy relics of Saint Cyril.

v  The wood-carved throne of Bishop Polykarpos, the last one of Adrianoupolis and the first one of New Orestiada.

v  Room dedicated to traditional music – musical instruments are exhibited, while visitors can choose traditional music for the special touch screens.

v  Tools of the town’s artisans and practitioners.

v  Furnished rooms of a traditional house (living room, master bedroom και «nice room» for the guests).

v  Local clothing and traditional costumes of the Northern Evros.

  • Δεύτερος όροφος:

v  Historical documents for the life of refugees.

v  Military museum material.

v  Personal belongings of Spiros Dasios, founder of the town.

v  Documentary about the town’s history.


The Historical and Folklore Museum of Orestiada has also an archive with documents, coins stamps and qualifications, a collection of the region’s traditional songs and a library of 200 volumes on the history of Thrace – among them a Gospel printed in Zurich, in Turkish, but with some information in Greek for the Turkish-speaking Gkagkavouzides, the residents of Thrace that spoke Turkish.

As part of the cultural action, at the Historical and Folklore Museum of Orestiada operates the Instrumental Thracian Choir, as well as teaching groups of musical instruments (flute, oud, bagpipe, violin and clarinet).

Historical and Folklore Museum of Orestiada

103, Agion Theodoron Street, 68200, Orestiada



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