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The Byzantine Museum of Kastoria is located at the highest point of the city, in the area of the old Xenia. After its renovation in the framework of the NSRF 2007-2013, it hosts a new permanent exhibition since October 2016. It is a unique thematic museum of icons, since its collections are mainly composed of portable religious paintings of the Byzantine and post-Byzantine periods.
The exhibition presents the artistic production of Kastoria in the following thematic sections: “Byzantine Kastoria”, “Post-Byzantine Kastoria” and “Artistic Post-Byzantine Workshops”. It includes portable icons of all kinds, such as processional, despotic, devotional, epistyle and altarpiece icons dating from the 12th to the 18th century. Many of these are of rare iconography and painting. A few detached frescoes, coins and jewellery add to our knowledge of the flourishing local society and art of the period. In this way, the new exhibition highlights the importance and radiance of Kastoria and showcases the unique wealth of its images. At the same time, it offers the visitor the stimuli to understand the conditions that favoured the particular artistic flourishing of the region. The exhibition is in open dialogue with the churches of the historical centre, from which these precious icons mainly originate. The museum thus becomes the starting point for a tour of the neighbourhoods and cobbled streets of the Byzantine castle, a journey through space and time, in Kastoria, the “open-air museum” city.
Archaeological Walk, daily (except Tuesday): 10:00 – 12:00
Contact (EF.A KAS.): 24670 88200