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Itea Folklore Museum

The former Municipality of Fyllo in the prefecture of Karditsa has created a unique space of its kind, which houses exhibits from the wider region of the Thessalian plain, which are related to the local agricultural, cultural and historical heritage. This is the Folklore – Agricultural Museum of Itea, which can be visited daily by hundreds of students from all over Greece.

The Museum has all the prerequisites and comparative advantages to become the recipient of large-scale tourist-educational activities.

   Trying to declare its presence and its willingness to contribute to culture, the Municipality has inspired a space in which the presence of culture will be a sustainable evolutionary process. Thus, with the collective effort of all the actors of the area, it created an exhibition space to showcase elements of rural heritage.

The ultimate goal, however, is on the one hand to pass cultural values on to young people, preserving the special characteristics of the place and on the other hand to highlight tourism in flatland by attracting visitors with the local way of life, folk tradition and our history.

   The Municipality, apart from the Agricultural – Folklore Museum, has remarkable archaeological sites, religious and modern monuments that can be visited.

In particular, the Municipality, in its effort to preserve and highlight its cultural heritage, created an exhibition space for the protection and exploitation of rural heritage elements.

   The building of the agricultural museum is surrounded by a suitably landscaped area of 8.5 acres and is located on the main road axis, which connects the prefectures of Karditsa and Larissa, a key point of the geographical region of Thessaly.

This unique exhibition space, houses exhibits from the wider region of the Thessalian plain. They are related in the local agricultural-cultural-historical heritage.

   To date, more than 4,000 objects have been preserved and recorded, the majority of which are donated by the village residents. The collection includes objects related to the material, social and spiritual life of the region.

   In the museum there are threshing machines of previous decades, adocannas, which were pulled by horses and were used in threshing, the first tractors that appeared in the Thessalian plain, noria, from which the inhabitants drew water to water the orchard, as well as wooden pitchers in which salt was stored.

There is also the hall with a replica of the Karagun room, various household utensils and millstones, which the miller used to grind the wheat. The loom and the traditional costumes are still dominant.

   The promotion of the cultural heritage is intended to make young people aware of it and old people remember. After all, tradition links the past to the present and the future. It shows the historical continuity of the nation, linking generations to each other.

   The Municipality also organises events such as the wheat sowing (November) and the harvesting – threshing, which takes place in June, in which, by reviving the ancestral agricultural work, it aims to promote traditional rural life, customs and traditions of the place.

   Next to the Agricultural Museum there is a sports park where students can play and have lunch.

   Itea is located in the heart of the Thessalian flatland, precisely on the northeastern side of the prefecture.

   The wider area of the municipality is lowland, except for the municipal districts of Petrinos and Sikeonas, which are semi-mountainous.