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Ecclesiastical Museum of Alexandroupolis description and photos - Greece: Alexandroupolis. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The title in English is Ecclesiastical Museum of Alexandroupolis.
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One of the main attractions of the Greek city of Alexandroupoli is the Church Museum. It was founded in 1976 at the initiative of Metropolitan Antimos and is administered by the Holy Metropolis of Alexandroupoli. The unique relics presented in the museum perfectly illustrate the history of the development of ecclesiastical art in the region.
Today, the Church Museum is located in the very heart of the city on Cathedral Square in the beautiful two-story neoclassical mansion Leontarideio (until 1982, the museum occupied several premises in the Cultural center). The building was built back in 1909 for a businessman from Maronia (nominal Rodopi) Antonio Leontaridis, who, after returning from Russia, decided to settle in Alexandroupolis. He later donated the mansion to the city, and until 1972 the building housed a high school for boys.
The magnificent collection of the museum consists mainly of church relics collected in the churches and monasteries of the Metropolis of Alexandroupoli. Private donations also made a significant contribution to the collection. Most of the exhibits date from the 18th and 19th centuries, but among the treasures of the museum there are also church relics dating from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries (mainly incunabula and a few icons).
The museum displays over 400 unique exhibits. At the same time, a large and, perhaps, the most important part of the collection of the Church Museum is made up of the most diverse icons. In the museum you can also see the vestments of clergymen, various church utensils, coins, important historical documents and much more.
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