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Milos ecclesiastical museum
     
Milos ecclesiastical museum
Milos ecclesiastical museum
Milos ecclesiastical museum
   
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Close by the waterfront in Adamas, there stands the thousand-year-old church of the Holy Trinity housing the Ecclesiastical Museum of Milos. The museum consists of a collection representing a large part of many centuries of artistic heritage of Milos. It contains 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, in the style designated by experts as a «three - nave basilica with a vaulted roof» is an interesting architectural monument in its own right. According to some authorities, it was built immediately following the «conomachy» (842 A. D.) but underwent several renovations, especially a major one during the Frankish rule, which left its permanent mark on the architecture of the building.

The church still operates as a place of worship but is at the same time a gallery displaying most of the artistic tradition of the island: it includes 14th century icons, e.g. a rare one representing Christ's body being taken down from the Cross of the Cretan School, and several paintings by Emmanuel and Antonios Skordilis, the Cretan painters who started a brilliant career in Milos from 1647 onwords and created a new style in post-Byzantine painting based on Flemish copperplate engravings.

In addition to icons, there are fine examples of «epitaphios», wood-carved lecterns and icon-stands of the 17th century a bishop's throne and iconostases of the same period, silver chalices and censers of the 18th c., gold votive offerings, such as rings, necklaces, ear-rings a.o., all attesting to a high artistic standard while conveying a picture of local religious folklore.
The rare architecture of this very old church in combination with the exhibits it contains are apt to appeal to the visitor's feelings not only as tokens of Orthodox worship and tradition but also as superior works of art.
(Extract from «O Ieros Naos Agias Triados Adamantos» by Grigoris Belivanakis).


Archaeological Museum - Folk Museum - Mining Museum - Catacombs
Ecclesiastical Museum - Churches - Sulphur mine - Fiestas


 
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