The Local Rural Museum of Kato Drys is housed in a traditional building donated by the owners to the Department of Antiquities in order for it to become a local museum.
|Local Rural Museum of Kato Drys- The House of Gavriil and Eleni Papachristoforou |
The house is a typical example of local architecture of the 19th century, with stone-built rooms opening to an internal courtyard and an arched passage leading to the main entrance.
The choice and arrangement of the various exhibits aimed at reproducing the image of a traditional village household, retaining the original use and function of the different rooms. In this context, the main room, with its elegant arch, is shown as a dining and reception room, as well as a working space, hence the presence of the traditional loom in one of its corners.
Behind the main room is the cellar, a windowless room with agricultural tools and large earthen jars, where the wine and the olive oil used to be stored.
Adjacent to the main room is a small space for the storage of hay and the kitchen, with its original fireplace and an array of utensils related to the preparation of food and bread.
Finally, the bedroom on the upper floor is furnished with 19th century novelties, such as a brass bed, a carved closet, a sewing machine and a display of imported decorative plates on the souvantza, the gypsum shelf bearing elaborate decoration in relief.
Every autumn the Communal Council and local volunteers press grapes in the small traditional press and prepare for the visitors plenty of ppalouze, a cream made with grape juice and flour. The strong local spirit, zivania, is distilled in the traditional alembic and is also offered to the visitors.
|Address||Local Rural Museum, Kato Drys village, Larnaca District|
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|Tuesday - Friday and Sunday: 09:00 – 15:00|
Monday and Saturday: Closed
| Tickets || € 1,00|
|Accessibility||Wheelchair accessible: some ground floor rooms only.|