Kea Archaeological Museum

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Location: Ioulida
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The Archaeological Museum of Kea Greece, Cyclades: The Archaeological Museum of Kea lies close to the entrance of Ioulida that leads to the central square. The building was constructed in 1970 and houses findings from all the excavated sites of the island. Those come from the four ancient towns of Kea: Ioulis, Karthea, Korissia, and Poiessa, which flourished a lot in antiquity and quickly developed powerful political institutions.

Two collections are available in the museum; the pre-historic and the historic. Visitors can admire parts of the ancient temple of Athena and, more specifically, parts of the pediment with scenes from the fight of the Amazons. Also, there are ceramic vases, marble statues, ancient coins, and columns. Sculptures and buildings' remains are on display on both floors.

There is also a section dedicated to the 19th-century local scholar Konstantinos Manthos (1826-1890) whose valuable manuscripts offer a vivid view of life on Kea about two centuries ago and refer to the antiquities around the island.



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