Geological Museum

Location: Apiranthos   

The Geological Museum of Apiranthos in Naxos, Cyclades: The Geological Museum is located in the square of Apiranthos. The Geological Museum was initially supposed to be in the local school when it was created in 1964 but the construction process was interrupted in 1967. Construction was taken up again in 1987 under the initiative of Manolis Glezos.

The museum exhibits a vibrant and vast collection of over 2000 stones, minerals, and fossils found on the island through various excavations. A major part of the personal collection of Manolis Glezos can also be found here. The entire collection is called the Petros Protopapadakis Geological Collection. The Emery, a quiet hard rock with dark colors, considered to be the most precious metal in Naxos, is found in large amounts at the museum. This metal was widely used in ancient times to construct tools that would process stone.

The collection of rocks and stones is not limited to those only found in Greece but extends to other parts of the world as well. One can see obsidian blades from Milos, pumice from Santorini, volcanic minerals from Mount Vesuvius and Mount Etna, bauxite and cyanide from Brazil and also mineral rock from meteorites. In the last exhibition hall of the museum, you will come across a machine that sends out ultraviolet rays that allow you to see the various colorations of the rocks that are otherwise invisible to the naked eye.

There are also different fossils found here, the most notable being the bones of the dwarf elephant that roamed on the island of Naxos about 70,000 years ago. The museum though small is extremely impressive and is easily one of the most interesting ones in Naxos.

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