The aim of the Olive Tree Museum of Vouves to preserve and promote all the characteristic aspects of the life of the people of this area, as well as those of the people of Crete and Greece in general, that are connected to the olive tree. This relationship includes soil cultivation, planting, pruning, harvesting of the valuable crop, storage and transfer of the crop to the olive mills, pressing etc. The olive tree is part of our daily routine, our nutrition, our celebrations, and, of course, our athletic events, where it symbolizes glory. More generally, the olive tree is known to stand for beauty, peace, friendship and civilization.
We would like to express our gratitude to His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for the great honour and joy that he bestowed to us by inaugurating and blessing this museum, as well as His Grace Bishop of Kissamos Amphilochios, who is always a fervent supporter of our work.
Moreover, we would like to thank all the people who contributed in the creation of the Olive Tree Museum of Vouves: the Municipal Council, our staff members, the family of Panagiotis Karapatakis for donating the building and the rest of the Karapatakis family members who have also donated, from time to time, various plots that were necessary for infrastructure works. Finally, we would like to thank the people of the settlement of Pano Vouves and the municipal department of Vouves, for their warm support from the very beginning and throughout the duration of this challenging and difficult process for the completion of this great project by our Municipality.
A crucial part in this endeavour was played by the people who donated the abovementioned exhibits to the museum, and by the contribution of the “Olivepress – Art Factory” that became the link between us and the artists, who offered a modern and different perspective on the subject of olives and olive oil through their work.
Mihalis Andrianakis and the staff of the 28th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities of Hania worked hard in order to clean and preserve selected exhibits and contributed in the restoration and preservation of the frescos of the old Byzantine church of Zoodochos Pigi (parts of the masonry of which were recently discovered by our Municipality) located above the old fountain in the village. Mrs Maria Fytraki of the Conservation of Antiquities Department of the 25th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, also undertook a large part of the cleaning and conservation at the Museum.
Special thanks to Mrs Myrto Kontomitaki, museologist and art historian, who worked closely with the municipal authorities and officers and managed to secure all the exhibits in record time, to classify and arrange them properly in the Olive Tree Museum of Vouves, with exemplary diligence, care and interest.
The Olive Tree Museum of Vouves is financed by the EU initiative Leader+ project, through OADYK (Organization for the Development of Western Crete).