The Museum of Democracy is the first Greek public museum dealing with a period of recent Greek history of crucial political and social importance. The site chosen for it was the island of Ai-Stratis or Ayios Efstratios, because for many years – from the early 1930s to 1943 and again from 1948 to 1963 – it was a place of internment for political exiles.
What is now the museum building was originally a school – the first one on the island. In the periods when Ai-Stratis was a place of exile for political internees it was used as an infirmary. The building was so badly damaged by the 1968 earthquake that it had to be abandoned. In 2005 restoration work was put in hand by the Ministry of Culture (Department of Modern Monuments and Engineering Works, North Aegean Region). The restoration was completed in November 2007.
The task of collecting the exhibits and organizing the museum was undertaken by the Ministry of Culture’s Directorate of Modern Cultural Heritage.
They are located in the north of the island, after the village of Propouli, at Cape Falakro or Falakra, as the locals refered to them. It is characterized by volcanic formations, which are attributed to the “meeting” of lava with the sea. The impressive geological monument includes the strange formations, which the locals call “Frank-headed”, […]
The settlement of Poliochni is located on the east coast of Lemnos, on a hill that is protected by the bay of Vοroskopos. In the Early Bronze Age, it flourished so much that it is now considered the oldest city in Europe with an early form of social and urban organization. Well-designed streets between houses, […]
Agios Efstratios has enough vegetation. Small oak forests compose the natural environment of Agios Efstratios, especially towards the route to Alonitsi beach
To the north of the island, on the slopes of the hills of the village of Katalakkos, there is an area of rare beauty. The Thick Sands or “Pachies Ammoudies” according to the locals, are sand dunes, hills of fine sand and a few scattered phrygana, which convey the charm of the desert in the […]
The only church in the world without a roof is located on Mount Kakkavos where it got its name. It is highly atmospheric and offers a unique experience to its visitors. In 1305, monks from Agios Efstratios took refuge to protect themselves from Turkish invasions. The last monk, before leaving, entrusted the icon-painting to a […]
The Castle of Myrina is the trademark of the capital of Lemnos and is considered one of the best preserved in Greece. The castle was built by the Venetians, retaining parts of an earlier phase of the Byzantine period (early 12th century). The Byzantines had built the castle on an ancient citadel. Today’s structure and […]
Ifestia, built in the bay of Pournias, on the northeastern side of the island, was one of the two city-states of ancient Lemnos and according to excavations and historical data, its great prosperity lasted from the 7th to the 1st century BC. . It was the center of the ancient Greek religion on the island. […]
Lake Aliki is a salty lagoon, which is located in North-East Lemnos, east of the settlement of Agios Alexandros (Saint Alexandros) on the borders of the municipal district of Kontopouli. In the area one can see hundreds of species of birds that use it as a stop, when they migrate further south, while in Aliki […]
The Museum of Democracy is the first Greek public museum dealing with a period of recent Greek history of crucial political and social importance. The site chosen for it was the island of Ai-Stratis or Ayios Efstratios,
The Art Gallery of Contemporary Balkan Art, located in Kontias, this artistically restless village, houses great names in Balkan art. Works that mainly show the way in which artists understand Lemnos, from Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, FYROM and Turkey. These creations finally found a home in the elegant stone building of the Gallery. […]
Lemnos played an important role in World War I, having been selected as a base for Allied troops. The Allied Cemetery on the road from Moudros to Roussopouli rests hundreds of dead soldiers of the Gallipoli campaign, mostly 148 Australians and 76 New Zealanders, but also from other countries, buried in clusters depending on their […]
The windmills played a leading role on the island of Lemnos, as the power of the winds was used to grind the grains. Today, the windmills in Kontia, which have been restored, are part of the architectural and cultural heritage of Lemnos and one of the attractions that a visitor should visit.