The Bouboulina MansionThimaras Traditional Residences
The 300-year-old Mansion of Bouboulina, with its Florentine carved ceiling in the Grand Salon, has functioned as a museum since 1991, when it was opened to the public by the descendant of Laskarina Bouboulina, Philip Demertzis-Bouboulis and his family, in their attempt to save the building from collapse.
The mansion was built in the late 17th century by a Mauritanian architect, behind the Dapia harbour. Like most of the island’s mansions, built in the shape of a Π, it consists of the ground floor and two upper floors. The Museum is housed on the first floor and consists of four large rooms, the Grand Salon, the Reception Room, the Dining Room and Family Room.
Within the museum walls, the visitor is guided, in a 40-minute tour, through her home and its architecture, as well as family heirlooms including furniture, books, paintings, weapons, personal items and official documents and letters belonging to the heroine of the Greek War of Independence.
Today, the revenue from the museum is managed by a non-profit-making company for the repair and maintenance of the mansion, its operation as a museum, and as a cultural centre for the dissemination of the history of the Greek Revolution and, of course, the part which Laskarina Bouboulina played in the Greek victory.