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Museums

Iakovidis Digital Museum
Museum of Industrial Olive Oil Production in Lesvos
Theofilos Museum
Iakovidis Digital Museum
Contemporary art museum Teriade
Iakovidis Digital Museum
Municipal Gallery of Mytilene
The Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest

Archeological Museum of Mytilene
Old building: 7 A. Eftalioti St., Mytilene
Tel: 22510 22081
New building: 8th of November St., Mytilene
Tel: 22510 40223
The Archeological Museum is housed in two buildings. The old building is a former mansion and estate. With its lavish carved decoration, the building on its own is characteristic of the early 20th century eclectic architecture in the city. It contains finds from the excavations of the famous prehistoric settlement at Thermi, as well as exceptional column capitals from the island’s celebrated Aeolic temples.
The recently constructed modern building conforms to international museological standards. Its exhibits place emphasis on Roman-era Lesvos, and include mosaics, such as those from the famous “Menandros House,” frescos, sculpture, votives, funerary statues and more.
 
The Theophilos Museum
Vareia, Mytilene
Tel: 22510 41644
This museum displays the paintings of the famous local folk artist Theophilos. In operation since 1965, you will find it nestled in a verdant olive grove in the Mytilene suburb of Vareia.
 
The Museum of Modern Art
Eleftheriadis-Tériade Library
The Museum and Library are housed in the same building as the Theophilos Museum. Sixteen of its 20 rooms display the 29 books by the prominent art critic and publisher Eleftheriadis-Tériade, with illustrations by famous 20th century artists such as Picasso, Chagall, Villon, Leger, Matisse, and others. Each room has a showcase containing one of his books, intact. The surrounding walls display most of the book’s plates and pages, as well as paintings by the renowned Greek painter Yannis Tsarouchis.
 
The Ecclesiastical Byzantine Museum
This museum has operated since 1978 in a private building in the center of town, just opposite the entrance to the church of Agios Therapon. Among its exhibits is a collection of portable icons spanning more than seven centuries, the oldest of which date from the 13th century.

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Areas of archaeological interest

he celebrated Ancient Theatre is situated on the northern hill of the city in a pine-wooded area opposite the fortress, near the old refugee quarter. It was built in Hellenistic times and restored by the Romans.

he celebrated Ancient Theatre is situated on the northern hill of the city in a pine-wooded area opposite the fortress, near the old refugee quarter. It was built in Hellenistic times and restored by the Romans.

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Monasteries

Founded in 1963, the convent was built on the site of a Byzantine monastery that was destroyed by Ottoman soldiers in 1463. It is especially renowned and receives thousands of pilgrims who come to the island solely to visit it and seek the blessing of the Saints.

Founded in 1963, the convent was built on the site of a Byzantine monastery that was destroyed by Ottoman soldiers in 1463. It is especially renowned and receives thousands of pilgrims who come to the island solely to visit it and seek the blessing of the Saints.

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Caves of Lesvos

The island has some 200 caves and at least ten unexplored karst sinkholes, locally known as fousses. There are indications that many of these were inhabited in Neolithic times and are still used as places of worship.

The island has some 200 caves and at least ten unexplored karst sinkholes, locally known as fousses. There are indications that many of these were inhabited in Neolithic times and are still used as places of worship.