Giorgios and Pavlos Koundouriotis Mansion (Museum of Modern History of Hydra)Architecture & Mansions / See & Do / Sights
Located among the pine trees above the western side of Hydra’s harbor, the three-story Giorgios and Pavlos Koundouriotis Mansion houses heirlooms belonging to the Koundouriotis family and exhibitions about Hydra’s role in the Greek War of Independence and its nautical heritage.
The manor complex consists of three buildings and a garden and is operated by the Greek Ministry of Culture as the Kountouriotis Family Museum and the Post-Byzantine Art and History Museum of Hydra.
George Kountouriotis, brother of Lazaros, was one of Hydra’s great shipowners. During the Greek Revolution he became involved in politics and, in 1824, was elected president of the executive council of Greece, forming his own democratic goverment in Nauplio. Forced to resign in 1826, he later went on to other Senate- and Cabinet-level positions in the Greek government.
In the early to mid-twentieth century, grandson Pavlos Kondouritis, another important naval and political figure, became minister of the navy, captain of the Greek fleet, and president of the Hellenic Republic and viceroy. He inherited the mansion, which the Ministry of Culture ultimately purchased to operate as a museum.
Sadly, the mansion is not open to the public at this time, but visitors can view the exterior.