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Open-Air Water Power Museum

The Open-Air Water Museum reflects the lifestyle of the locals in Dimitsana.

Open-Air Water Power Museum

The Open-Air Water Museum reflects the lifestyle of the locals in Dimitsana.

The Open Water Museum, a member of the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation Thematic Museums Network, is located at the historic Dimitsana right in the heart of the Peloponnese. The first workshops appeared in the 16th century at the Loussios river gorge, as the region’s gradual residential development began. Today, the buildings and water-powered equipment have been restored and faithfully reflect the lifestyle of those engaged in the gorge, with each of the restored buildings having a thematic section. In the first building, you will see a water mill and a flour mill, where you can place corn seeds and observe from up close how flour is milled and produced. Just outside, is a rakokazano cauldron that was placed outdoors for a few days after the grape pressing for the production of tsipouro. At the tanner’s two-storey house opposite, you will see the various stages of leather skin treatment. The cobbled path leads to a levelled plateau where a natural reservoir is formed, ending at the gunpowder mill. Gunpowder, a strong element of the region’s cultural identity, is kept alive in the memory and in the stories of its inhabitants.

Open-Air Water Museum, Kefalari Ai-Yianni, +30 27950 31630, opening hours: daily 10.00-17.00, except Tuesdays

The fulling mill. © PIOP, N. Daniilidis

The restored ruins of a tannery. © PIOP, N. Daniilidis

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