With a history of thousands of years and its famous seamanship, Oinousses, the island of shipowners, is known for its noble and serene aura. Despite its small size, the insular complex of Oinousses offers the visitors natural beauty and important sights, such as the Maritime Museum and the Annunciation Monastery with Foti Kontoglou’s hagiography. The copper statue of the mermaid, the emblem of the island, welcomes visitors at the entrance of the port.
The summer is a lively time for the island, with important cultural eventstaking place in the town. The island’s long maritime tradition continue to this day, with many students attending the Maritime Lyceum and the Merchant Marine Academy.
Tip: Walk through the narrow cobblestone streets of the island and admire the traditional mansions built amphitheatrically on the hill. Chill out at the sandy and pebbled beaches and shores.
Oinousses Maritime Museum is a true gem. It is housed in Pantelis Ant. Laimos mansion near the port. It was founded in 1965 and presents the long maritime history of Oinousses, through its collection of model ships, paintings, nautical instruments and books. A story that spans centuries since the time the sailing ships of Oinousses dominated the sea routes of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, until the transition to steamships, the two World Wars and the role of the merchant navy and the postwar transition to Liberty ships.
The most valuable part of the exhibition is the collection of model ships made by French prisoners of war, during the Napoleon wars. The museum collection also features weapons used by mariners during the 18th and 19th century and paintings by Aristeidis Glykas.
The Evaggelismos monastery lies three kilometers north-west from the town. The monastery was built by two shipping families in 1962, following the byzantine architectural rhythm. Its unique iconography is the work of the famous Greek hagiographer Fotis Kondoglou. The everyday efforts of the nuns living in the convent make it look like Paradise on Earth.