SIGHTS

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • The bastions and cannons on the left and right of the port.
  • The bronze statue of Andreas Miaoulis, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the island.
  • The romantic sunset that can be enjoyed from the ‘Periptero’ area.
  • The Giorgios & Pavlos Kountouriotis Manor surrounded by pine trees which is located above the “periptero” area.
  • The mansion of Lazaros Kountouriotis which has been converted into a museum.
  • The Cathedral at the port of Hydra, built during the 17th century and the Ecclesiastic-Byzantine museum.
  • Agios Kostantinos ‘O Ydraios’, a church built near Kiafa, offering astonishing views.
  • The ‘Melina Merkouri’ art-concert auditorium (you can admire numerous collections by famous artists all year round).
  • The Historical Archives Museum of Hydra (you can purchase certified copies of famous painters).
  • The four story house of Tompazi, established in 1936 has been owned by the School of Fine Arts.
  • The Merchant Marine Academy which is operating at a building owned by A. Tsamados and A. Kouloura (1780-1810).
  • Τhe first pharmacy of the island establised in 1890, which is considered to be a cultural and architectural monument.
  • The wells that G.Voulgaris built during 1803
  • The picturesque harbour of Kamini village, a 15 minutes coastline walk from Hydra Town.
  • Τhe Stone built arches located at the old community of Kiafa
  • The prison cell of Theodoros Kolokotronis at Profitis Ilias Monastery.

MUSEUMS

HISTORICAL ARCHIVE MUSEUM HYDRA

A visit to the Historical Archive Museum Hydra is an exciting journey in history. The museum houses important paintings from the 19th century and many objects-relics from the 1821 revolutionary war. Among others the following do stand out: the Great Harta by Rigas Feraios, crafted by this great Greek visionary, printed in Vienna in 1793 and the silver jar with the embalmed heart of Admiral Andreas Miaoulis. Visitors can also admire a very significant contribution of personal mementos by the glorious winner of the Balkan wars, Admiral Pavlos Kountouriotis.
Daily 9:00-16:00 & June-August 19:30-21:30, Τ.: 22980- 52355/54142, Fax: 22980- 52355, www.iamy.gr

 

 

L.KOUNDOURIOTIS HISTORICAL MANSION

Built during the era when Hydra was a naval power, it now operates as an addendum of the National museum of History. The house is kept as Mr Pantelis Kountouriotis (the last descendant of the family) lived in, having all the old furniture, paintings and personal items of the Kountouriotis family. On the 2nd floor you can find a wide collection of items referring to the traditional history of the Greeks isles. On the ground floor where the old cellars are, you can find paintings of 2 very famous painters, Periklis Byzantinos (1893-1972) and his son Kostantinos Byzantinos (1924-2007), dearest friends of the Kountouriotis family. www.nhmuseum.gr, T. 22980-52421, Daily: April-October 10:00-14:00 & June-August 18:00-21:00

 

House & Studio of Panagiotis Tetsis

In 2007, the painter, scholar and teacher Panagiotis Tetsis (Hydra 1925 – Athens 2016) donated his grandparents house in Hydra to the Historical and Ethnological Society of Greece, in order to become a museum that houses his work and studio after his passing. Tetsis grew up on the island and this house is linked to his first attempts at painting and art. From the end of the 1980s and up until recent years he worked in this old house and transformed the upper floor sitting room into a studio. The house is a typical Hydriot house of the 19th- early 20th century and was also used for the family’s professional activities: the ground floor hosted a traditional candle manufactory and a grocery shop-tavern. The wish of the painter and donor was to have the house preserved and displayed as a whole, along with the family home. The grocery shop on the ground floor, wine cellar in the basement and the studio on the first floor all remain intact. Tetsis Home is open to all visitors, upon request, in cooperation with the personnel of the Lazaros Kountouriotis Historic Mansion (LKHM). (source: National Historical Museum)

 

 

“PANAGIA FANEROMENI” CATHEDRAL & ECCLESIASTIC MUSEUM

The Cathedral was built during the 17th century and in it’s surroundings you can find statues of Andreas Miaoulis, Vasilis Georgiou A΄, Antonis Lignos, the grave of Lazaros Kountouriotis and a war memorial honoring the heroes of the Balcan wars. In the interior of the monastery, you can admire the white marble temple. The ecclesiastic museum has a unique and rare collection of heirlooms, such as the “Panagia Rodo Amarando” (1774) and the impressive “sepulchre of Kokonas” (1805).
April – October | Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-14:00, T. 22980 54071, 52829, 52207

DESTE FOUNDATION PROJECT SPACE SLAUGHTERHOUSE, HYDRA

The DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, established in 1983 by collector Dakis Joannou. Through an exhibition program that promotes emerging as well as established artists, the DESTE Foundation aims to broaden the audience for contemporary art, enhance opportunities for young artists, and explore the connections between contemporary art and culture. In 2008, the Municipality of the Island of Hydra granted DESTE the island’s oldest slaughterhouse. The recently restored and renovated building retains the features and traits of the past, preserving the original elements of its old identity while serving as a unique exhibition space. Functioning as the DESTE Project Space Slaughterhouse since 2009, every summer the Foundation hosts a series of contemporary art exhibitions on the island, including the assignment of the space to a single artist or team invited to stage a unique, site-specific exhibition. Mon.-Sun. 11–13:00 & 19–22:00 Tuesday closed, www.deste.gr