(Epirus, Greece) – A new museum has been inaugurated in Epirus, Greece. The Silversmithing Museum of Ioannina, celebrates the rich heritage of silversmithing that Greece has enjoyed since the 15th Century AD. The inauguration took place on Saturday, September 24, 2016, which means that the museum is now open for visitors form the public. Prokopsis Pavlopoulos, the President of the Hellenic Republic, was their to inaugurate the museum in an official ceremony.
This museum was established by the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation and it is this group’s ninth museum since the program started. They are an organization that is devoted to promoting traditional Greek folk crafts such as silversmithing. Other museums the group operates includes the Chios Mastic Museum, The Silk Museum in Sulfi, and The Museum of Industrial Olive Oil Production in Lesvos.
In this instance, the group chose to house the museum in the Kale of the Ioannina Castle, which is actually a fortified old town that is located in Ioannina, Greece. The Kale is considered to be the portion of the citadel that lies in the southeast in the western basin.
Although the museum will occasionally house some temporary exhibitions, it will permanently feature all aspects of silversmithing in Greece’s history. It will trace the art of silver work throughout the centuries and also show the equipment and techniques that have been used to craft silver. It also highlights the importance that the Epirus Region has had on silversmithing.
Greece has had a long history of involvement with silversmithing throughout the centuries and for a time, Ioannina has been at its center. This is not only a part of the region’s history, but silverworking is still something that the region is known for. According to the Association of Silversmiths in Ioannina, there are about 90 silver workshops in the region, and they are known for the quality of work and their innovative techniques.