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Modern View of Bouboulina Mansion
The mansion of the heroine has remained in the Bouboulis family and in 1991 the present owner - Mr Philip Demertzis-Bouboulis - a 5th generation descendant, opened the mansion as a museum. Most importantly though, the story of the legendary Bouboulina is being made known to a wide audience. May her eventful life remain an everlasting light in the shadows of our present times.
Address: Bouboulina's Museum Spetses 18050, Greece
Directions: Up and to the right of the main port. Just ask anyone in any shop! No one doesn't know where Bouboulina's House is.
Other Contact: fax l(0030)2298072077
Spetses Blue Door with Hand Knocker
Spetses architecture is unique and worthy of notice. Check out the windows and doors on the old houses. You may even still see the 'hands' that are still used as door knockers.
Directions: Every narrow street.
I never would have thought the bones of the famous freedom fighter, Laskarina Boubouli, 'Bouboulina' would have ended up in a museum on a shelf! But, here there are, in a modern box below her portrait.
Directions: Spetses Museum
Entrance to Museum-Note the Huge Anchor
This is a wonderful museum, housed in the old, traditional 'Archontiko Hatziyianni Mexi' Spetsiotes Villa, circa 1795-1798. As you walk through the house's high-walled rooms, you can imagine the way life must have been during the Greek Revolution of 1821. You will see the traditional costumes, guns and ammunition as well as household artifacts.
It is well worth the trouble of finding as this museum is a bit off the beaten path. How to find it? From Dapia, walk down one of the upper roads, in an Easterly direction, until you see a sign saying, 'Spetses Museum.' Follow the signs, or ask. I think asking is probably a good way to at least get started in the correct direction.
Address: East of Dapia
Every church in the Orthodox tradition, has one icon at the front of the alter to the left of the opening of the antichamber that is dedicated to the Saint of which that particular church is named. This icon is also often seen at the entrance of the church or monastery.
At the entrance of Agios Nikolas, however, is a very unique icon. This icon show three of the latest 'martyrs from the Greek Revolutionary War. What makes this icon so unusual, are the clothes worn by the figures. Almost all Greek icons show figures either at the time of Christ, or priests or monks in traditional church attire.
Address: Monastery of Agios Nikolas
Directions: Above old port
Stone mosaic compass
Along the nautical theme, what good sailor would dare to set sail without his compass? Or for that matter, what Greek sailor's wife would not know i which direction to look for their husband's ship coming home, when this compass showed them the way?
Address: Agios Nikolas
Directions: Above the old port
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Another stone mosaic of a Greek fighter on horseback from the Greek Revolution of 1812.
Address: Agios Nikolas
Directions: Above old port at monastery of Agios Nikolas
Spetses-stone ship plaque
Everywhere in Spetses, wonderful, unique stone mosaic designs can be found along the roads, in private courtyards and especially in the courtyards of public buildings, churches and the large monastery of Agios Nikolas. The designs are usually associated with nautical themes as Spetses is most famous in Greek history for her heroic navel battles during the struggle to gain their freedom from the Turkish Empire.
These photos were taken in the late spring, so the grass was still green and growth between the stones slightly diminishes the clarity of the designs. PLEASE ENLARGE PHOTO TO SEE CLEARLY.
Directions: These specific designs are in front of Agios Nikolas monastery just above the old port.
Whenever I visit the islands, I try to visit the largest and most famous monastery of the area. There is always at least one 'main' monastery on every Greek island. This monastery is most often dedicated to the 'patron saint' of that island. Not coincidentally, a majority of the local residents will be named after that patron saint. So, if you just take notice of the local first names, you will usually be able to determine what the local saint is called. On Spetsis, that patron saint is Agios Anaigiros. The monastery of Agios Anaigiros is on the back side (South) of Spetsis.
This monastery seen above the old port, in the adjecent photo, is however, Agios Nikolas, and dedicated to the the patron saint of all sailors and the sea; which is why this monastery is located next to the port!
Address: Above the Old Port
Directions: Walk along the wall toward the old port, then take any of the perpendicular roads leading up toward the monastery.
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