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Centre of Culture of Eastern Mani

The Centre of Culture of Eastern Mani is housed at the listed building of the old Girls’ School that is located at the central square of Gytheio (Panagiotarou Venetsaki square). Visit the Centre and take the opportunity to explore Mani and its people, as you embark on a unique journey through time and space.


The main collection of the Centre is exhibited in three thematic halls. At the central hall, acquaint yourself with the traditional lifestyle of the residents of Mani. Amidst a setting of an astonishing rocky landscape, discover local products coming from the land of Mani (e.g. olive oil, honey, prickly pears) which are internationally known due to their high nutritional value.

At the old Girls’ school hall, you will see exhibits dating to the recent times of Gytheio, which include handwritten notes of internationally recognized Greek poets such as Giannis Ritsos and Nikiforos Vrettakos, the printing press machine for Lakonia, the local newspaper, and the mandolin of Moretti, the Italian musician and Director of the Gytheio Philarmonic Orchestra. Visit the old style school classroom and see snapshots of the economic, cultural and social life of the town, chosen from the large photo archive and items of the collection.


In the last hall, use the interactive touch screen and go through the monuments, beaches, churches, archaeological sites, etc, acquaint yourself with the local cultural events and tourism enterprises, and get familiar with Mani’s traditional cuisine.

The Centre’s mission is to bring to the fore the area’s special profile and character. To reach this goal, next to its permanent collection, it hosts temporary exhibitions, workshops and cultural events as well.


The Centre of Information and Interpretation of Eastern Mani is housed at the old Girls’ School in Gytheio, which was built in 1891, and is allegedly the work of the famous Bavarian architect and engineer, Ernst Ziller. It is representative of the neoclassical style which was followed in most of the towns that were built after the establishment of the modern Greek state. Almost a century later, in May 1982, it was listed as a Historical Monument by the Ministry of Culture

For more info visit the Centre’s official site here

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