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    Mix together your favorite hobby with your vacations. West Macedonia uses her landform gifts to provide you, through modern facilities and organized trips, with the ability to accomplish the activity of your choice. Even if you are fan of x-treme sports or a peaceful trekking walk is the ideal for you, either you are an amateur or experienced, find easily what activity each count of West Macedonia has to offer and which season. 

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    The biggest river in Greece Aliakmonas, the second tallest mountain Smolikas and one of the biggest lakes Vegoritida are included in West Macedonia. Also, is the hostess of two natural parks, the one of Valia Calda and the park of Prespes, and the famous Dragon Cave. Imagine how many natural sights there are for viewing. Take a walk over a canyon, visit an underground cave or take a boating ride to a lake so you can make your connection with nature. Learn more about the natural sights of West Macedonia and choose your trip.

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    Visiting other places you can see and learn from a closer view about their culture and history. West Macedonia has a lot to display in this area too,even from the prehistoric era. Get to know each count from a visit to a museum or sight, attending a local custom event and tasting a traditional cooking recipe.Find useful informations about the cultural proceedures, the sights location and the dates of the custom events.

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Kozani

Kozani's museums

Historical and natural history museum

Permanent exhibitions

1. Natural History exhibition
Folklore Museum of Kozani - Natural HistoryThe Natural History exhibition was firstly set up in 1979. It is exhibited in the Museum's basement and it covers 350 sq. m. The psrticular exhibition represents nature in a small scale, presenting the evolution of life on earth. The exhibits cover the periods from 70,000,000 years B.C. until recent years. The exhibition aims to get contemporary people to know the world of nature, as well as to educate them through their visit to the department of Natural History. The exhibition aspires to cultivate an ecological conscience through the visitors’ contact with some endangered species. This way, contemporary city residents that have no direct experiences with nature are given the opportunity to get in touch with it.

2. Archaeological – Historical Exhibition
Archaeological – Historical ExhibitionThe Museum’s Archaeological and Byzantine Exhibition began to be created in 1969 in order to preserve the dispersed objects that could be found in every corner of the district. The exhibition was organized and has been in operation since 1987. It is exhibited on the 1st mezzanine of the museum and comprises objects from the early Neolithic Era (7000 B.C.) until the Byzantine Era (1453 A.D.). Its purpose is to help visitors form an archaeological conscience. Through the exhibition of the archaeological objects, the temporal course of culture in the area of the Western Macedonia is revealed. Furthermore, another aim is the protection and promotion of the area's antiquities.

On the 2nd floor, the historical department is housed. The exhibition is chronologically arranged and comprises, in sections, exhibits of the wars from the Turkish Domination Era until the modern times. This department constitutes a place of education - for the younger ones - and of acquaintance with the area’s historical course, contributing, this way, to the formation of a historical conscience.

3. Folklore Exhibition
Folklore Museum of Kozani - Folklore ExhibitionThe composition of the Folklore Exhibition started in 1969 when the Association was founded. It has been exhibited in the Museum since 1987 and it covers the 3rd to the 6th mezzanine. It is considered the most important exhibition in the Museum because it offers a complex and functional presentation of the traditional culture's aspects by themes and sections.

The theme of the Folklore exhibition is the presentation of the occupational activities that have died out because of the industrialization, as well as the promotion of habits and customs of the local area, through the traditional, everyday and feast costumes and the musical instruments. Furthermore, on the last mezzanine, a complete view is offered of life at home from the Turkish Domination Era until the end of the 1950s. The visitors are introduced to the wealth and financial prosperity of the people from Kozani, which was the result of their commercial transactions with Central Europe and it led to the erection of manors, which do not exist any more. The particular exhibition helps the visitors go back to the traditional way of life, with their imagination, learn about the habits and customs and experience the magnificence of the older era for a while.

3. Art Gallery
Folklore Museum of Kozani - Art Gallery The Art Gallery came to operation in 1997. It is housed on the ground floor and the staircase of the Museum’s new wing, which constitutes an extension of the Historical – Folklore Museum. The exhibition, which enriches the Museum’s historical department, presents the style of modern painters, portraying the country’s temporal course. It comprises works inspired by themes of mythology or modern history.
The hagiography department presents the Byzantine tradition as it was portrayed by the hagiographers who were influenced by the Palaeologean Art. Finally, the department of photography and architectural drawings shows the local architecture of Western Macedonia.

The Art Gallery helps the visitors go back to the historical past and broaden their art-loving horizons

5. Stamps Exhibition
Folklore Museum of Kozani - Stamps ExhibitionThe Stamps Exhibition is located in the new wing of the Historical – Folklore and Natural History Museum of Kozani.
The stamp is not just a mail companion or a collection item, but it is also a representative of its country that ‘speaks’ about everything that marked the past, experiences the present and lays the foundations for the future. This little traveller not only has vigour, but also provides abundance of knowledge. The permanent Stamps Exhibition attempts to promote the ideology of Philately, to acquaint the Museum's visitors (particularly students) with the Greek Stamp and its history, as well as to help develop the relationship among philatelists.

6. Radio Exhibition
Folklore Museum of Kozani - Radio ExhibitionThe Radio Exhibition started in 1997. It is housed on the last floor of the new wing. Its aim is to present the radio as a means of communication in its temporal course. At the same time, it attempts to show the technology of each era and its development. Today's visitors who use radios of the latest technology can see the difference between these ones and the older ones, in terms of the technical characteristics and their aesthetic appearance. The particular department depicts the radio's course of evolution, its operation mode, as well as its contribution as a means of communication.

Daily
Monday - Sunday
08.30 - 14.00 & 17.30 - 20.00

Archaeological Museum of Aiane

The Archaeological Museum of Aiane presents the history of ancient Aiane, capital of Elimiotis, one of the most important kingdoms of Upper Macedonia, and its region from prehistory to Roman times. The museum's collections include important finds of the Late Bronze Age (fifteenth-twelfth centuries BC) and the of the Archaic and Classical periods (sixth-fifth centuries BC), which illustrate the formation of the Doric-Macedonian peoples in the region and the urban and political development of Aiane, which begins in the sixth century BC.

The museum is housed in a two-storey building with a total surface area of 4,500 square metres. It comprises eight exhibition rooms (971 square metres), of which only two are open to the public (242 square metres), storerooms, offices, a library, a drawing studio, a multi-purpose exhibition/lecture hall, a guesthouse and conservation laboratories for metal and terracotta objects. From 1995 until October 2002, when the two permanent exhibition rooms opened, the multi-purpose hall housed a collection of icons, texts, maps and copies of antiquities.

The museum is overseen by the Seventeenth Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities. Its collections add a new dimension to the history of Macedonia. Its purpose is to educate the uninitiated public and help visitors recognize these new elements and understand the latest scientific opinions. It also aims to contribute to the cultural life of the region with educational programs, lectures, conferences and temporary exhibitions. Since 1988, the museum has organised three educational programs for children and foreign students, three scientific workshops, dinners featuring ancient diet (1995, 1996, 2000) and outings on horseback along ancient routes connected with important historical events (1996, 1997, 2000, 2002). It also organized in collaboration with the Municipality of Aiane a road race, the so-called 'Road of Apollodorus', named after a runner from ancient Aiane. The museum has created five films on archaeological subjects and continues to inform, interest and involve the public in its activities (lectures, organized visits and photographic exhibits). This is to encourage the development of a historical and national self-consciousness, an environmental conscience and the connection between the natural and cultural environment, as well as self-esteem through cultural creation.

 

War museum in Lazarades

Aided by the Community Initiative LEADER+, the final works in the interior of the building, where the museum is accommodated were carried out. Also, office equipment was bought and the surrounding space was reformed. The winning battle of Lazarades took place on October 9th 1912. The greek forces moved united against the enemy forces at the passes of Sarandaporo. Then, the forces retracted at the location of “Stena Portes” and Prosilio, forcing the turkish phalanx that moved towards Lazarades to emergently retreat.

The quick victory at those battles uplifted the morale of men and opened the gates for further onward march of the Greek Army and the deliverance of Western and Central Macedonia, after five centuries of slavery. A celebration takes place every year in Lazarades, in which all the administrative, military and ecclesiastic authorities participate.

The museum hosts a permanent exposition of photographs and a model of the historical battle of Lazarades.

 

Folklore museum in Velvento

The Folklore Museum in Velvento is housed at the renovated manor “Kostas” that dates back to the 19th century and is a Macedonian style manor. Through the guided tour, the visitor collects information about the area’s history, the residents’ everyday life, the objects they used, the traditional occupations, as well as the local costumes.

The Program LEADER+ contributed to the completion of the reformation works in the building’s interior, to the electrical equipment installation, as well as to the purchase of fixed and mobile furniture equipment.

 

Folklore museum in Servia

The Folklore Museum in Servia was founded in 1998 by the Educational Association of Servia “ta Kastra”, when Kosmas Savvilotidis was its president and inspirer of the museum. It is accommodated at the house of Dr.Aristedes Christakis, after his family’s kind donation. The goal of the museum’s foundation and operation is the preservation and maintenance of our heritage.

Today, the museum is just maintained. Very few new objects were added, due to lack of space. However, the last one and a half year, it is in constant operation with the support of the Municipality of Servia-Velvento. The museum attracts the area’s students, as well as local and other visitors.

The visitor through the projection of eight stories that take place in the houses of Velvento:

  1. Is informed about the area and its residents
  2. Is guided through the family living rooms, as well as the reception room
  3. Learns about the residents’ agricultural activities
  4. Is informed about the traditional costumes and the secrets of the loom.