Museum “Eleftherios K. Venizelos”
The Venizelos House is classified in the category of authentic (documentary) houses, since it narrates the life of a personality and authentic objects are preserved within it.
Most of these original objects are in their original position in order to maintain the aesthetics and style that the person had given to the house in which he lived.
The house-museum is not just a building that includes collections or the original furniture of another era, but as a result of a collective and complete museological work it has the ability to recall the past, which in turn gives the monument great social and political importance.
The house was built by Venizelos's father, Kyriakos, in 1880 and bears the personal stamp of the great politician, as it acquired its current form after the renovation of 1927, which he supervised and was carried out at the expense of his second wife Elena.
Venizelos lived in it for most of his life: he spent most of his youth, lived happily with his first wife Maria, his children were born and raised, and he experienced the tragic loss of his beloved wife.
From the house of Halepa he started as a revolutionary for Akrotiri (1897), Therissos (1905), Thessaloniki (1916). From there he left for Athens to take over as Prime Minister of Greece (1910) and for France, together with his wife Elena, after the failed movement of 1935.
A typical example of a 19th century mansion with western influences, the Venizelos house consists of three floors, with a total area of about 1,000 square meters.
The museum route has 18 places to visit with original exhibits, items of great historical value and rich supervisory material.
Six stations are maintained exactly as they were handed over to the National Foundation "Eleftherios K. Venizelos" by the Venizelos family and to a large extent as they were when he lived in them (entrance corridor, living room, political office, dining room, personal office Venizelos bedroom).
The smokehouse, which was destroyed during World War II, was rebuilt based on a 1927 study and houses rare editions from the personal library of Eleftherios Venizelos.
The service room on the ground floor remains in the form (murals) given to it during the Occupation by the Germans, who had ordered the house.
In the corridors of the floors there is surveillance material for the Venizelos family, the house of Halepa and the other houses where the great politician lived from time to time, while a space on the first floor is dedicated to Elena Venizelou.
Venizelos' action is presented in five rooms on the first floor and in the attic-patio, divided into the themes "The Revolutionary", "The Politician", "The Diplomat", "The Man", "The Myth".
Finally, the assassination attempts against Venizelos in 1920 and 1933 are presented in two places.
Exhibits of great historical value.Among others are:
- The Packard car (model 1929), in which he was riding during the assassination attempt on Kifissias Avenue (1933) and bears the marks of 66 bullets. Also, an identical car, one of the two surviving in the whole world, so that the visitor has a complete picture of the condition of the vehicle before the attempt.
- The pens with which he signed the treaties of Sevres (1920) and Lausanne (1923) and their original texts.
- The bloody clothes from the assassination attempt against him at the Lyon train station in Paris (1920).
- The manuscripts of the translation of Thucydides by Venizelos.
- 280 carved stones used in the curse against him in 1916.
- The revolver he used as a revolutionary in Crete.
- Two gramophones of the time and rare 78 rpm records, which include his recorded speeches.
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