Museum of Astypalaea
The Astypalaia Archaeological Museum is housed in a ground-floor hall,
which was granted to the Hellenic Ministry of Culture by the
Ecclesiastical Charity Fund of Astypalaia in 1994. The exhibition was
organized in 1995-1996 and in the following years it was improved and
enriched with the special audio-visual programme (Echorama). The
museum was inaugurated in September 1998.
The exhibition contains finds that cover a wide chronological range,
from the prehistoric period down to medieval times. More specifically,
the museum contains:
prehistoric finds: clay vases, jewellery, bronze and stone tools from
chamber tombs of the Mycenaean period at the sites of Armenochori and
Syngairo, which attest the prosperity of the island since the Late
Bronze Age. Remarkable is the discovery in one of the graves, of
numerous stone tools, probably connected with the status and the
occupation of the deceased.
Treasure of silver
coins of the Classical period, which was found on the island.
votive inscriptions from the sanctuaries of the island, which give
information about the deities worshipped on Astypalaia in antiquity
(Apollo, Artemis Lochia and Eilythieia, Asklepios and Aphrodite).
Remarkable among them is a large inscribed votive base of Apollo with
the marks of the feet of a monumental statue, dated to the 4th century
Finds of the
Classical and Hellenistic periods: architectural members (inscribed
architraves), burial and votive reliefs, funerary altars, male and
female statuettes and important inscriptions (funerary, votive,
honorary decrees, letters from emperors and other items), which give
valuable information about the history and monuments of the island.
Some of the important items of the collection are:
a) Torso of a male statue wearing a himation. The garment, which is
swathed around his loins, hangs from his left shoulder and is grasped
in his left hand, leaving the chest bare.
b) Relief depicting a symposium. It shows a couple reclining on a
couch. At the foot of the couch a female figure is seated in a
chariot. Behind the couch are a small servant, a table with food and a
tree with a snake coiled around it (a funerary banquet or a banquet
for heroized dead persons?).
c) Relief depicting a funerary banquet. A male figure is shown on a
couch, while a female figure in a chiton and himation steps on a
footstool. The scene is framed by pillars supporting a cornice with
d) Torso of a male figure wearing a cuirass, of Roman date.
e) Lower part of semi-nude female statue in one piece with the base.
Her himation is wrapped around her waist and hangs in profuse folds to
her feet (Aphrodite).
f) Part of a gold chaplet with leaves and fruit.
g) Stele inscribed with a sacred law regulating the conditions of
entry into a sanctuary (3rd century BC).
h) Inscribed stone stele with a letter from the emperor Hadrian to the
magistrates and Boule (Council) of the Knidians.
Collection of clay
vases from the necropolises of Katsalos and Kilindra, dating from the
Geometric until the Roman period.
capitals and other parts of Early Christian basilicas.
At the edge of Chora towards the southern part, at Kylindra, there is
a big rescue excavation.
The only infantile graveyard in the world was found here.
A sacred place, from the Geometrical years to the Hellenistic age.
Some thousands of infants buried in pots, in an outstanding
archaeological and anthropological interest.
Already, foreign and Greek archaeologists, as well as special
scientists, are especially interested in these unique findings so a
special museum and research centre is needed on the island.
Copper statue of Venus,
find from third Marmari / Roman era
Archeological Museum, Astypalea
The Archeological museum
at Pera Gialos
Finds from the canopy
graves at Armenochori
Infantile graveyard at