The Centre of Information and Interpretation of Eastern Mani is a modern city museum focusing on Mani, its history and its people. It is the result of team work and reflects the love of its people for their land and their cultural heritage as well as their need for development. It is housed at the old Girls’ School at the central square of Gytheio. It is a historic building that has always been an integral part of the life of the city
The old Girls’ School has always been an integral part of city life for the residents of Gytheio. It was built in 1891, when Doctor Vasileios Kalkandis was Mayor of the city, and is allegedly the work of the famous Bavarian naturalized Greek architect and engineer, Ernst Ziller.
The Centre of Information and Interpretation of Eastern Mani is housed at the old Girls’ Schoolin Gytheio. It is a one floor listed building, at Panagiotarou Venetsanaki square, in the heart of Gytheio.
Το Παλαιό Παρθεναγωγείο είναι ένα από τα νεοκλασικά κτήρια του Γυθείου, τα οποία αποτελούν τεκμήρια της οικονομικής και πολιτισμικής ακμής του τόπου. Οικίες μιας εποχής που η πόλη αποκαλούνταν η βιτρίνα της Λακωνίας και σήμερα χαρακτηρίζονται από το Υπουργείο Πολιτισμού ως Ιστορικά Διατηρητέα Μνημεία. Άλλα δημόσια κτήρια που αποτελούν παραδείγματα της τότε αρχιτεκτονικής εποχής είναι το Δημαρχείο του Γυθείου (1891) και το Εμπορικό Επιμελητήριο Λακωνίας.
The main hall focuses on the landscape of Mani and the ways in which locals managed to adapt to this rugged land and tame the abundant stone to their benefit. Lifestyles, local products and means of collecting, producing and processing these products are presented through photos taken by G. Vourlitis as well as through other exhibits.
The cultivation and promotion of local products is particularly important in the current economic climate. The original taste and value of the products of Mani remains the same through the years. The modernization of the primary sector and the production of high quality nutritional products such as olive oil, honey and prickly pears are the key to restarting the local economy and improving competitiveness.
Flavours, memories, images, experiences and feelings will be your souvenirs from Mani. The Tourism Promotion hall connects the past with the present. Tour the region using interactive touch screen and learn about its tourist attractions: the monuments, the beaches, the churches and the archaeological sites, and find out about current cultural events, tourism businesses and gastronomy.
Music unites us... a wonderful meeting of the American College Bella Voce choir and the Children's Choir of the Parents and Guardians Associations of Gytheio Primary Schools...
AMERICAN COLLEGE Bella Voce
We learned about the production and processing of Maniatic local products, we were impressed with the printing process of the Lakonia newspaper and we were inspired by the painting under the bottom of the sea developed by the renowned Yiannis Maniatakos.
Thank you very much.
POROS PRIMARY SCHOOL
Thank you for the nice tour and educational information about the history of Mani and its stone-olive-salt products