Santorini Megaro Gyzi: The Museum of Megaro Gyzi is ideally located in Fira, by the rear side of the elegant Catholic cathedral. The museum is conspicuous by its exquisite drawings, some of which date back to the 16th century. There are also original dresses and historic maps of the Cycladic group of islands. An exclusive photography pavilion with photographs of Fira, taken before and after the 1956 eruption, provide a fascinating insight into the capital city of Santorini.
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The primary reason for setting up the Megaro Gyzi Cultural Centre is the promotion of the culture and heritage of Thira (Santorini). The museum acts as a catalyst for all Cycladic works of art. The exclusive Gyzi Cultural Centre regularly hosts high-quality art exhibitions, photographic exhibitions, theatre shows, music concerts, and film festivals, as well as other cultural programs for the entertainment of both locals and visitors alike.
The Cultural Center has added the International Piano Competition as one of its major annual events, which has become quite a rage with the visitors. Rare Cycladic paintings of the 19th century are on display at the Megaro Gyzi Cultural Center. Thousands of rare public and confidential documents, the majority of which are in Greek, are of particular significance. However, there are a few documents in other European languages like Italian, Turkish, and Latin. Those documents provide a fascinating insight into the culture and lifestyle of Santorini from 16th to the 19th century.
The photographic section is no less significant. Rare photographs by the internationally acclaimed photographer Vicentio Pintos are exhibited on the premises. His collection of photographs taken between 1930 and 1956 portrays the picturesque vistas of Santorini. Visitors can also marvel at the exceptional artworks.
The Cultural Center is also known for a fine collection of exceptional paintings by local artists of Santorini that portray the many facets of life in Santorini. Another permanent exhibit of the cultural center is Katerina Ioannidou's exceptional hagiography practice. The Megaro Gyzi Cultural Center has brought out a few highly acclaimed publications that have been much appreciated by the international community and are preferred by visitors from abroad who are curious to know more about Santorini's rich virile past.
How to get there
Megaron Gyzi is located in the village of Fira just an 8-minute walk from the Central bus station and 3 minutes from a private parking lot.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus, or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of scheduling a direct pickup by a local driver at the following numbers: 0030 690 679 4316, 0030 22860 22555.
Car rental: There’s the option of renting a car and picking it up directly from your hotel. You can then visit the Ancient Thera but also many other places of interest.
Public transfers: Fira is where the central bus station of the island is located. Bus connections between this bus station and most areas of the island are available. Note that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here. Tip: Since buses don’t always stop at every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination in advance.