Lazaros Koundouriotis Historical Mansion (National Historical Museum)
Called the “Father of the Nation,” shipowner Lazaros Koundouriotis (1769–1852) played an important role in the Greek War of Independence. Located near Hydra’s port, the archontika, or manor, of Lazaros Koundouriotis provides a superb example of the eighteenth-century Hydriot mansions facing the harbor, whose architecture often reflects influences from abroad. Built in 1780, it was donated to the Historic-Ethnologic Institute of Greece by the family’s descendants and today operates as a branch of the National Museum of History.
The building retains much of the quality of a functioning home, with exhibits appropriate to each room. The opulent interior features hand-painted ceiling borders, gilt moldings, marquetry, and black-and-white marble tile floors. Exhibits include paintings by the Greek artists Periklis and Konstantinos Byzantios, historical collections from the National Museum of History, furniture, mirrors, portraits, and heirlooms belonging to the Koundouriotis family, and 17th-century costumes, jewelry, embroidery, and ceramics.
tel. (Hydra): 22980 52421
tel. (Athens): 2103237617, 3226370, 3222266
website: National Historic Museum of Greece
Open March through October, Tuesday–Sunday
Hours: 10:00 to 14:00 & 17.30–20.30 (closed on Mondays)
Entrance fee: €4 (entrance is free for Hydra residents.)