The restored house of Gregory V in Dimitsana (near the square) houses the Ecclesiastical Museum of Dimitsana. It contains old sacred vessels, images, sacred vestments, etc. It was created in 1992 and is the realization of an idea of the Metropolitan of Gortynos & Megalopolis Mr. Theophilos. The benefactor Panagiotis Angelopoulos (1909-2001) and his brother Dimitrios (1907-1986) from the village of Vlahorrafti made a decisive contribution to its creation. It is a two-storey detached house with a basement, which maintains its original traditional architecture. In the spaces of the two floors, which communicate with each other by an internal stone staircase, special showcases containing the exhibits have been added, while its basement, which was the cellar of the house, has been transformed into a small temple in honor of Saint Gregory V.
At the entrance of the building, the built-in sign informs visitors: "IN THIS HOUSE PATRIARCH GRIGORIOS V WAS BORN AND DIED ON APRIL 10, 1821 IN CONSTANTINOPLE".
All the exhibits of the Ecclesiastical Museum have been gathered from Dimitsana and the wider region of Gortynia and are divided into various categories.
In the field of iconography there are images of various periods, dimensions and styles. The most important of all is the icon of Agios Georgios, a work of Agioreitiki art from 1808, dedicated by Gregory V to Agios Georgios Dimitsanis, as written on the icon.
Also, in the showcases of the Museum there are sacred utensils of the Divine Liturgy, Crosses of blessing with reliefs, Gospels, incense, gold-embroidered hand-made vestments of high priests and priests, a gold-embroidered epitaph, a hexagonal hagiographical sacristy and an antimensium from the Iberon Monastery of Mount Athos, with Gregory's signature "Gregory of Constantinople and New Rome".
The Ecclesiastical Museum is under the jurisdiction of the founding Diocese of Gortynos and Megalopolis and operates every day, except Wednesday and Thursday, from 10:00-13:30, and from 17:00-19:00.
Source: UNIVERSITY OF PATRAS