Cyclades Olive Museum
As we realize how much our life and culture are associated with the olive tree as well as its products and the techniques and methods of olive oil production evolve, the more necessary is – especially in a time of rapid change – the preservation and the emergence of traditional, animal-powered olive mills. The majority of them, however, ceased to function since the late 1960s. From the well-preserved old, animal-powered mills of Andros, we got the “screw” of Dimitris Helmi in Ano Pitrophos. The building dates back to 1823. It was restored and turned into a museum area, where visitors of all ages allowed to see it. The museum gives the possibility to approach culturally valuable product but also be familiar with the old and traditional techniques of production.
The museum’s building with its equipment is an excellent example of rural heritage, pre-industrial technology and architectural heritage.