Kalymnos is an island that remains unforgettable to those who visit it. Rich in sensations and emotions. It is inhabited by a large population throughout the year. Here someone meets authentic, hospitable and people faithful to the traditions. The island itself provides a pudding of fragrances, flavors and senses. In its clean and cool waters are located hidden underwater secrets, while on its climbing and trekking routes, the smells of thyme and other herbs will surprise you. The tastes of the lunch table endless and nutritionally rich. From this end of the Aegean Sea, sponge divers began their long and tiring journey in search of the marine wealth of sponges.
The Naval Museum of Kalymnos was founded in 1994 and is located in the coastal zone of Pothia, next to the Town Hall, in the building of the old Vouvalio Technical School. The various exhibits of the museum depict the naval tradition of the island and the history and method of sponge gathering, as well as many objects from wrecks of old ships.
The temple is decorated with paintings of great artistic value and quality, being so beautiful and moving that perfectly reflect the holiness of the place. From the courtyard of the temple, there is a clear view of the valley of Pothia and of the sea on the east. This is a unique place of beauty and tranquility.
The museum is located in the center of the island’s capital Pothia, at the district of Agia Triadha. It was launched in 2009 and since then hosts the “Lady of Kalymnos”, a unique bronze sculpture from the Hellenistic period. The sculpture depicts a woman draped in chiton and tasseled himation.
This is a private owned folk museum, founded by Mrs. Faneromeni Skylla. It is located in the southern side of the monastery of Saint Savvas in the region of Vothynoi.
In the early 14th century the Knights of the Order of John the Baptist occupied the islands of Dodecanese. Kalymnos, Kos, Leros and Nisyros formed a particular administrative unit with a Knight as governor, to whom the islands were ceded against rent.
Sponges and Kalymnos are bound together for very long time. Long enough to consider sponges as “the Kalymnian gold”. Diving for sponges, one of the most dangerous professions in the world, brought to the island great wealth and great pain.