The Byzantine Museum of Fthiotida in Ypati operates since January 2007. The museum is housed in the building of “Kapodistrian barracks”, erected in 1836 to meet the needs of the Greek Army.
In the museum, which is extended in two floors, are presented representative discoveries, that are emanated from various regions of Fthiotida and are dated in the early Christian and Byzantine period (4th-14th century).
On the ground floor, the exposition is devoted to early Christian mosaics of Fthiotida (4th-6th century) and has a strong educational aspect, while on the first floor the exposition is devoted to the worship in early Christian and Byzantine period. In the Hall of early Christian period the exhibits are mainly architectural marble and mosaics, emanating most from basilicas, while the ceramics that present (utilitarian utensils, oil lamps, textile weights etc.), give elements about the daily life of the specific era. In the room of Byzantine period, dominat position is held by items of a Byzantine marble temple, found in ruins in Agnantis, Lokrida (12th-14th century). Also architectural sculptures are exposed from a non-preserved Byzantine church in Alepospita (12th century).
Among the exhibits of the Byzantine Museum there are several coins from the wider area, from the Byzantine era. These monetary “treasures”, that come from excavations, traditions and meditations, give us useful knowledge about the currency in Fthiotida.
Among the exhibits of the Byzantine Museum there are several coins from the wider area, from the Byzantine era. These monetary “treasures”, that come from excavations, traditions and meditations, give us useful knowledge about the currency in Fthiotida. In a specially designed area of the floor, a part of the monetary collection of Ypatian Constantinos Kotsilis is exposed. The collection was donated to the Greek State, in order to be exhibited at the Museum. The collection contains 3000 ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine, medieval, modern and contemporary coins. Visitors have the opportunity to see representative samples of the collection, covering a large area in space and time.
The Byzantine Museum of The Byzantine Museum of Fthiotida in Ypati gives the opportunity to the local citizens, but also to the visitors, to come into contact with the archaeological wealth of Fthiotida.