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Milos Mining Museum: Adamas, tel&fax: (+30)2287022481

Opening Hours: Daily 09:15-13:45 & 18:15-20:45 Tickets: Free Admission - Free guided tours on request Remarks: There are facilities for the disabled on ground and first floor Milos Mining Museum is located in Adamas The Museum's goal is to display and honor Milos mining history and tradition. The exhibits include several objects, pictures and photographic material describing the unique geological formations of Milos, the mining history and tradition of the island, and honour all those who have worked and continue to work for the development of the island's mining activity. The museum is comprised of 2 floors. On the ground floor visitors familiarise themselves with the mining history and activity of the island. The hall on the upper floor is dedicated to Milos' mineral wealth, with display of samples of minerals that are mainly extracted today. In the basement there is a room with capacity of 40 persons, equipped with audio-visual facilities, for video presentations about the Museum's exhibits and the island's mining history.

Folk and Historic Museum of Milos, Plaka, tel: (+30)2287021292

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 - 14:00 & 18:30-21:30, Sanday: 10:00 - 14:00 Tickets: Full admission: 3€, reduced admission (students and children): 1,5€

Folk and Historic Museum of Milos was founded in 1967 by the melian Association of Athens. Its old exhibition aimed to present a 19th century melian house and was comprised of family heirlooms domations.

However the limited space prevented the exhibits from being well exposed. So a team of museologists, an architect and art conservators undertook the rearrangement of the exhibits. In accordance with the old exhibition several objects were presented in the rooms of the house, according to their use.

The main goal of the Museum is to enlighten all possible aspects of the inhabitants' lives, from their everyday activities, to their clothing and dietary preferences and their entertainment.

The exhibition is divided in rooms. The reception room, the central and more spacious room in the house, was reflecting the social and economic status of the family. The loom room was the room where each family's clothing was made. The kitchen was instead of its known use was also a storeroom. The fireplace occupied a central position in the house. Individual sleeping rooms were unknown to the Melians so there were no bedrooms. However there was a single bedroom, called "kamara", intended for ht married couple. The winepress room was also a storeroom. Because it was made of whitewash and porcelain clay, it was the only place where there ware no mice.

Archaeological Museum of Milos, Plaka, tel: (+30) 2287021620

Opening Hours: Daily 8:00-15:00, except for Mondays Tickets: Full Admission 3€, Adults over 65 2€ , Free Admission for Students & Children up to 10 years old.

The Archaeological Museum of Milos is housed at a neoclassical building of the 19th century, designed by the German architect Ernst Ziller, in Plaka. It has exhibits from the two basic periods of great acme in Milos. The first, was during the prehistoric period (3rd & 2nd millennium BC) and had the town of Phylakopi as its main center and the second, was during the first millennium BC and the first centuries AD, and had Klima as its center.

Significant works that are exhibited at the museum, provide guests with a good idea of the various artistic styles developed during both the prehistoric and the historical period, and inform them of everyday life and activities, architectural and burial customs.

The Museum has four rooms. In Room A there is a topographical plan of the town of Phylakopi, along with a short historical overview as well as a collection of obsidian remains, the oldest relics of the period. A replica of the statue of Aphrodite of Milos, which is exhibited in Louvre Museum in France, is also found in this room. In Room B there are several prehistoric artifacts from the 5th to the 2nd millennium BC. In Room C there are exhibited artifacts from the geometric, archaic, classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods. Finaly art works in Room D include a melian script, marble offerings and burial sculpture of the Hellenistic and Roman periods originating from the old town of Klima.

Ecclesiastical Museum of Milos, Adamas, tel: (+30)2287023956

Opening Hours: Daily 9:15-13:15 & 18:15-22:15 Tickets: Free Admission

The Ecclesiastical Museum of Milos is located close to the waterfront in Adamas, housed in the thousand-year-old church of the Holy Trinity housing. The museum hosts artefacts from many centuries of the artistic heritage of Milos. There are icons and wood carvings echoing the financial prosperity of the island under the Venetian rule and including votive offerings of Melian migrants to Russia. The church itself, was built according to some authorities immediately after the "Iconomachy" period (842 A.D.) but it underwent several renovations, especially a major one during the Frankish rule, which left its permanent mark in the architecture of the building.

Among the exhibits there are 14th centuty icons, including a rare one of the Cretan School, representing Christ's body being taken down from the Cross, and several paintings by Emmanuel and Antonios Skordilis, two Cretan painters who continued their career in Milos and created a new style in post-Byzantine painting. Moreover there are fine examples of wood-carved lecterns, icon-stands, a bishop's throne and iconostases of the 17th century, chalices and censers of the 18th century as well as gold votive offerings.

The Catacombs, Tripiti, tel: (+30)2287021625

Opening Hours: Daily 08:30 - 15:00 except for Mondays

The Catacombs are located near the village of Tripiti, in caves 150m above sea level. It is a first Cristian meeting place and community cemetery of the end of the 2nd century AC which continued its use until the end of the 5th century AC. They are the largest examples in Greece and among the most remarkable in the world, together with the catacombs in Rome and the Holy Land. The Catacombs were dug in soft volcanic rock and form a magnificent early Christian monument, which indicates that Christianity was established very early in the island and that Milos.

The catacombs were discovered by illicit antique dealers and became known after they had been pillaged in 1840. They consist of a complex of three catacombs, with large and low passages debouching with other smaller passages and a burial chamber. Passages join the three catacombs together. Niche-like graves (arcosolia) are cut into the side walls of the passageways while other graves were cut into the floors of the passages. The graves were decorated with plant patterns and symbolic representations. Unfortunately nowadays only part of the catacombs may be visited.

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