Attractions Nicosia The Museum of Shoemaker Christos Chrysanthou

The Museum of Shoemaker Christos Chrysanthou

The “Museum of the shoemaker Christos Chrysanthou” in Spilia was created by Andreas Christos Chrysanthou in the memory of his father. The inauguration ceremony took place in a community event on the 20th October 2007 by the Minister of Interior Mr. Christos Patsalides. It is accommodated in the semi underground floor of the first listed residence of Spilia, which belongs to Andreas Chrysanthou. The residence is located in the centre of the community.

Displayed in the Museum are the tools of the shoemaker’s craft and the machines of Christos, who was known for his skills in the surrounding villages. The forming patterns called ‘moles’, the leathers and the note books with the credit, in addition to the photographs of high-profiled people which adorned his store, complete his shoemaker’s store.

The humble bench of Christos the shoemaker, which was made in 1920, and the tools that were so extensively used, cause a shivery emotion. The thirty pairs of shoe trees separated for children’s, women’s and men’s shoes, the shoe trees for the men’s boots and the women’s buskins, fixed up in order, make a particular impression.

Situated in a corner is the family table manufactured in 1926. On top of it is the wine, the ‘zivania’ and the vegetables of Chief Christos. Right above it are four photographs depicting the area’s best dancer while dancing in community events, which are of particular interest.

Presented right next to it, is the gear of the hunter Christos. A 1936 gun with the traditional back-pack called ‘vourka’, his belt and his canteen, an iron basket with its trap nets and a rabbit trap, comprise a fine set. These are the three ways he used in order to hunt during his entire life.

Displayed high, above a traditional wooden shelf called ‘souvantza’, are some of the tools of the farmer Christos. What is of particular interest is his pruning hook which has his name engraved on.

Courtesy of the Community Council of Spilia / Kourdali

Top Stories

Hardalias: Hurricane expected mild in Attica, tougher on eastern coast of Peloponnese

The Medicane (Mediterranean hurricane) phenomenon "Ianos" that hit Greece as of late Thursday and caused the death of two people and great destruction in...

UK foreign minister’s bodyguard suspended after allegedly leaving gun on plane

London's police force said on Saturday it had suspended an officer tasked with guarding British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, following a newspaper report that...

Man, 42, arrested for debt owed to Nicosia city hall

A 42-year-old man was arrested and thrown in jail over a mere €2,473 debt owed to Nicosia city hall on Thursday. The man a recipient...

Rare stolen books worth millions recovered from under Romanian house

About 200 rare books stolen from the UK were found under a house in Romania on Wednesday following a police raid. The books, said to...

Migrants in new Lesbos camp reach 9,000

About 9,000 migrants have moved into a new temporary camp on Lesbos, a Greek migration ministry official said on Saturday leaving abandoned camping tents...

Taste

Swordfish with aubergines

To toast the sesame seeds: place sesame seeds in a small non-stick frying pan over low heat and stir until you begin to smell...

Chicken with okra and bulgur wheat

Heat the oil in a pan and sauté the okra until golden. Remove the okra, lay out in an oven tray and sprinkle with...

Ravioli

Just a little before serving, heat the broth and add the ravioli. (If the ravioli is frozen you don’t have to defrost). Heat them...

Seafood kebab with avocado salad

Place the mussels, shrimps and salmon in a bowl together with tarragon and lemon zest. Season and cover, keeping in the fridge for 15...