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Valuable collection of ancient glass vases will be displayed in the new Archeological Museum in Patra

16 July 2009 / 16:07:14  GRReporter
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The new Archeological Museum in Patra – “the jewel of the Achaean capital,” is opening its doors for visitors on July 24. It will display valuable collections of mosaics, ancient glass vases, and findings from graves from the prehistoric to the roman eras.  The minister of culture, Andonis Samaras, will be present at the opening ceremony.

In three of the museum’s halls will show objects, which date from the prehistoric to the roman periods and the other three halls will host visiting and educational exhibitions. The employees of the museum have been working a lot during the last few months, in order to place the objects and ensure their security.

The central hall, called “Private Life Hall” will display objects from the everyday life of the ancient world. There, visitors will be able to see instruments and plates that were used in the ancient households. Also, a big part of the mosaics, which were found in the region, are displayed there. They are placed either on the floor or on the walls and they show hunting scenes, religious rituals scenes, and mythological scenes like Aphrodite and the Medusa. The mosaics also show the influence of the Eastern cultures, like the image of Nile.

“Visitors of the museum can get a hint of the ancient life from the exhibits,” stressed the chairman of the scientific commission of the new Archeological museum in Patra, Nikos Moutzas.

The “Dark Room” is the hall with the graves, where the rituals from the prehistoric to the roman eras are visible. Some of the graves have been reconstructed and skeletons are left inside, so that archeologists ensure that the visitors will have a good idea of the funeral rituals during the different eras.

The museum displays one of the biggest and most rare collections of ancient glass vases. More of the exhibits come from Achaea region. The centre of the hall displays a restoration of a village house from the roman era with a tank, which shows all the activities done in it. Exceptional is also the architecture of the roman rich city houses, which one like that is displayed in the hall “Private Life Hall.”

Mr. Mourdzas noted for Ethnos newspaper that “we do not want the museum to be a sterile structure but to be an artistic space and place for cultural meetings.”

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