Aug 11
Last Updated on 22 September 2011

Giustiniani Museum


This historical building dated between the 14th and 15th century A.D., is situated between the central gate of the Castle of Chios and the main square of the town. It was, perhaps, the headquarters of the Genoese Podesta. Disfigured by Turkish alterations and additions, it was restored during the years 1980-1986 by the Archaeological Service.

The building maintains a fortress-like appearance and has two floors, each containing one room. On the northern side of the Palace, there is an external stairway which leads to the walls and the southeast tower of the Castle. In the actual exhibition, Byzantine and Genoese sculptures and small-scale works of art are on display.

The most important items include: Twelve Byzantine frescoes of Prophets (13th century), which were detached from the dome of the Church of Panaghia Krina in Vavili, Chios. The full-length icon of the Archangel Michael (18th century) which comes from the village of Olympi, Chios.

The Museum is located in the Castle of Chios Town, near the main gate.

The museum contains the following exhibits:

- Byzantine murals, post-Byzantine icons.

- Byzantine and Genoese sculptures and small-scale works of art.

Opening hours:

01.06-31.10.2003 Tuesday-Sunday 08.00 - 19.00 (Mondays closed)
01.11 -31.05.2004 Tuesday-Sunday 08.30 - 15.00 (Mondays closed)

Entrance: 2 Euro

Address / telephone:

Ioustiniani Museum Of Chios, Castle of Chios 82100, tel. 0271 - 22819