Hydropower Museum in Dimitsana

Hydropower Museum in Dimitsana

Hydropower Museum in Dimitsana

Hydropower Museum in Dimitsana

The museum

The Outdoor Hydrokinesis Museum, in Dimitsana, highlights the importance of hydrokinesis in traditional society. Focusing on the basic pre-industrial techniques that utilize water to produce a variety of products, it connects them to the history and everyday life of the local community over time.

What will you see?

The Open Air Museum of Hydropower has restored traditional installations and water-powered mechanisms. The labs are surrounded by dense vegetation and plenty of running water, where you can wander around. Their permanent equipments have been restored to their original function.

The first building houses a water mill and a flour mill with a horizontal impeller. In the next little room, with the fireplace, lived the miller with his family, usually large.

Outside the mill you will see a rakokazano, which stood in the open air after the harvest, for the production of tsipouro from the grapes.

Directly opposite, a two-story building housed the residence of the tanner (above) and the tannery (below). The interior of the laboratory is divided into zones that correspond to the various stages of leather processing.

The stone pavement leads to a plateau, where a natural reservoir is formed, and ends at the gunpowder mill. Gunpowder, a strong element of the region’s cultural identity, is kept alive in the memory and narratives of its inhabitants. During the Revolution of 1821, the Dimitsanites supplied the struggle with this necessary war material. Kolokotronis characteristically writes: “We had gunpowder, Dimitjana was making”. Here you can see the moving mechanism of a powder mill with pestles, which had disappeared in Europe already in the 18th century, while in Dimitsana it was used during the Revolution, but also until the beginning of the 20th century.


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