Better known as Vlachoiannios is the museum founded by the Vlachoiannis family in Veria, with the sole purpose of highlighting the flourishing of art in this place and the progress of modern history.
The Vlachoianne Museum of Modern History and Art belongs to the Holy Metropolis of Berea. It concerns the history of the Macedonian Struggle and the promotion of Byzantine art and that of recent times.
The museum has two floors of exhibits. On the first floor, through paintings, texts and photographic archives, the visitor learns about the national action of the fighters for the liberation of Macedonia from the Turkish yoke and about the treachery of the Bulgarian committee to appropriate the ancient Greek Macedonian land. The second room of the first floor is essentially a hero's room, where all the names of the Beriotian fighters are listed. The museum displays swords, medals, manuals, diplomas, personal effects and many local costumes, as well as household items that are family heirlooms that have been donated to the museum.
On the second floor, which is dedicated to the long ecclesiastical history of the prefecture, high-priestly mitres, rods and sacks, priestly lecterns and felons, parts of wood-carved icons from old and non-existing churches of Veria are exhibited. Holy vessels, including censers, hepteryga, chalices. Ancient gospels, patriarchal documents (seals) and embroidered epitaphs which compose the panorama of national ecclesiastical life and art.
Editor: Fotini Anastasopoulou