Silversmithing Museum Inaugurated in Ioannina, Greece

mai-cover-01The Silversmithing Museum of Ioannina was inaugurated on Saturday to showcase the rich work of Greek silversmiths since the 15th century.

President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos inaugurated the museum, which is the ninth museum established by the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation, an organization that promotes traditional Greek crafts.

The Silversmithing Museum is located inside the Ioannina Castle (Kale) in the western bastion of the southeastern citadel.

The museum’s permanent exhibition presents the art of silverwork through the centuries, showing equipment and techniques. Furthermore, the museum gives emphasis in Ioannina and the Epirus region, highlighting the socio-economic context in which the local workshops developed and the specific cultural identity of the region, closely linked to the silverwork.

The other eight craft museums sponsored by Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation are:

1. Silk Museum at Soufli,
2. Open-Air Water Power Museum in Dimitsana,
3. Olive and Greek Olive Oil Museum in Sparta,
4. Industrial Olive Oil Production Museum in Agia Paraskevi, Lesvos
5. Brickworks Museum N. & S. Tsalapatas in Volos,
6. Marbleworks Museum in Pyrgos, Tinos
7. Stymphalia Environment Museum, Korinthia,
8. Mastic Museum on Chios