Archaeological Museum of Komotini

Komotini, Greece

The Archaeological Museum of Komotini was designed by Aris Konstantinidis, an architect, and was commissioned in 1976. The exhibits on display are from the Neolithic to the Byzantine period, from the excavations of the Thracian archaeological sites, and reveal much about the prehistory and history of the Aegean Thrace and Komotini. The museum also has exhibits of folklore art, agriculture operations and basket making.

The museum structure is prominent in Komotini for its architectural elegance. The exhibits cover the Neolithic and Iron Age sites of colonies of Greece in the remote northern Aegean, Greek art, holy sites, Roman hamlets and artifacts of funeraries. The collections have informative display boards with the history of Thrace. Artefacts include Roman coins, clay statuette, gilded wreaths, and ceramics of the Byzantine period. A detailed map showing the location of the archaeological sites in Thrace and Macedonia are also provided to the visitors. There is also a clay figurine from Abdera dated to early 200 BC, although the gilded bust of Septimius Severus (193–211 AD) is cited to be the most impressive exhibit in the museum.

Another interesting exhibit in the museum is a grave stele with images marked on both its faces, made from Thacian marble. It was found at ancient Dikaia in 1927, and is an example of late Ionian art of the Late Archaic period dated to 300 BC. This slab is without a crown and has decorations of the Lesbian cymatium in its top portion. An image of a young person, adorned with a himation, with hair tied and dropping to the nape, is depicted in the front portion of the stele. The back face of the stele displays an attendant carrying a stool and a dog. Wall text relating to the exhibits is in English.



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Founded: 1976
Category: Museums in Greece

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Altinay DENİZ (2 years ago)
The museum is small but interesting ?
Alina B. (4 years ago)
A few items, but interesting ones. I think the colection should be inlarged.
Athanasios Karagioras (4 years ago)
Very nice and historical building. Not many exhibits to see but the ones that were there was exceptional. The staff was very helpful and eager to provide us with more information regarding the exhibits.
Georgi Yakaliev (5 years ago)
Even small, you can find many interesting things, don't miss it, entrance is only 2 euros. Also you can see the unique gold mask in the centre of the hall. Staff is nice.
Moisis Sklavopoulos (5 years ago)
There was a very recent addition to the museums attractions, a whole furnace, as i understood it, that was placed at the yard of the museum. Generally all other reviews give an overall true picture of this small local museum, which at the place that it is positioned it would have been a major tourist attraction with a little bit more care about what the visitor gets.
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