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Spatharis Museum of Shadow Theatre

Spatharis Museum of Shadow Theatre is housed in the house of the shadow theatre performer Evgenios Spatharis.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1991 The museum is established in collaboration with the municipality of Maroussi.

    1995 The listed building in which it is housed is renovated.

    1996 Its systematic operation began in January.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

Evgenios Spatharis, a historical shadow theatre artist, had as a dream the creation of a museum which would highlight this art, the folk theatre and the folk heroic figure of Karagkiozis. This dream came true and today we have the opportunity to learn so much about shadow theatre.

What I can't see

Karagkiozis is a symbolic folk hero of the shadow theatre. Its name comes from the Turkish Karagoz or Karagioz which means black-eyed. Karagkiozis has been included in the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list of Turkiye (Turkey). There are many myths about the origin of Karagkiozis. In the Greek area, it first appeared in Ioannina, at the beginning of the 19th century (Ottoman period), by Roma and Jews. Over time, Karagkiosis began to mock the authorities in a caustic way, as well as demonstrate more characteristics and elements of the Greek tradition.



Highlights from the past, (d.u.), Στου Καραγκιόζη τον μπερντέ, [At Karagkiozis’ berde], Episode 3, ERT

Last visit 5/9/2022


Spathario Museum of Shadow Theatre, (d.u.), Παρουσίαση Μουσείου, [Museum presentation], in

Last visit 5/9/2022