Sarakatsani Folklore Museum, Serres

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The Sarakatsani Folklore Museum is a museum dedicated to the history and traditions of the Sarakatsani group native to northern Greek Macedonia. The museum was established in Serres, Central Macedonia, Greece in 1979. The present structure dates to 1997 and was purpose-built to house it.On the ground floor are reconstructions of the tsiatoura, the temporary shelter the Sarakatsani use when they are on the move, and the woven huts in which they live, make cheese, and teach their children. All the huts relate to the final phase of the Sarakatsani’s nomadic life, during the interwar period.On the first floor are tools and weaving equipment for the entire process from spinning the thread to the final products, which include bedspreads, flokati rugs, and other textiles. There are also showcases displaying the varieties of Sarakatsani costume for both women and men.Since 1998, the museum has been running a two-hour educational program for children of primary school age. Specialists introduce the children to the Sarakatsan way of life, teaching them how to weave, how to spin, and how to live in a Sarakatsan hut. The museum also has a collection of old photographs from all over Greece covering the period 1906–50, a collection of traditional songs, recorded and archived in categories, and a room equipped with audio-visual systems.
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  • Of course you need to call ahead to make an appointment for the visit as they only open then.But my Hotel Philippos did it within minutes. I had a 90-mn visit just for me the day after by a very...  more »
  • We read a little about the Sarakatsani people before visiting the museum, but actually going there, we really fascinated. There you can find all items of the daily life of this people: their huts...  more »
  • I am glad that there are people who are committed to this cause and I hope that you will always be overshadowed by the grace of the saints of the 5 churches that within a radius of 200 m surround you!!! How could it be otherwise that people who do not honor their history are in danger of disappearing and alas if the slightest impression of the history of the birthplace of European civilization, namely Greece, is lost, then they are all condemned either in terms Language, ethnicity, religion and morals and customs. The father of the history of Herodotus said the Greeks are characterized in particular for the Omodon, Homingual, Homreligious and the peer. Thanks.
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  • Original material, excellent The lady who gave us the tour.
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