Pavlos Vrellis Greek History Museum

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Pavlos Vrellis Greek History Museum
LocationGreece Bizani (Ioannina regional unit)
Coordinates39°19′54″N 20°31′20″E / 39.3318°N 20.5222°E / 39.3318; 20.5222
TypeWax museum
Pavlos Vrellis

The Pavlos Vrellis Greek History Museum (Greek: Μουσείο Ελληνικής Ιστορίας Παύλου Βρέλλη) also known as Pavlos Vrellis Museum of Wax Effigies is a privately owned wax museum in Ioannina regional unit, Greece. It was set up by the sculptor Pavlos Vrellis in February 1983, and is the best known wax museum in Greece.[1] The museum hosts 150 wax models in 37 themes, inspired by various events from Greek history.

Location and history[edit]

The Museum's main building is located 14 km (9 mi) south of the city of Ioannina, Epirus, in Bizani municipality, on the Ioannina – Athens national road.[2] It was owned by local sculptor Pavlos Vrellis, who founded the museum in February 1983.[3] The museum facility covers an area of 2,500 m2 (2,990 sq yd) and is built according to the traditional, local, fortress-type architectural style of 18th-century, according to Vrellis' own design.[1][4]

A small annex with free access is located at Ioannina, 15 Karamanli street.[5]


The wax effigies of the museum are displayed in life size, included in a faithful representation of the environment of their age and revive forms of the local history. Without storeys but on a variety of distinct parallel and connecting levels. The visitor moves along mountains, houses, caves, churches, and alleys, following a non-circular but endless course, ingeniously devised and arranged.

They cover twenty four centuries of Greek history (from 500 BC), with an emphasis on the modern history of Epirus.[5][6] The museum hosts 37 themes and 150 wax models which represent various historical events.[4] There are three thematic units in the Museum: pre 1821 history, Greek War of Independence (1821-1830) and themes from World War II:[2][7]

Moreover, specific themes are inspired from Jewish history, like images from The Holocaust[8]


  1. ^ a b Greek News Agenda. "Wax Museums in Greece". Secretariat General of Communication - Secretariat General of Information. Archived from the original on March 10, 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-07.
  2. ^ a b Wax works by Pavlos Vrellis. University of Ioannina.
  3. ^ Schneider Lambert, Höcker Christoph (2003). Griechisches Festland: Antike und Byzanz, Islam und Klassizismus zwischen Korinthischem Golf und nordgriechischem Bergland (in German). DuMont Reiseverlag. p. 251. ISBN 978-3-7701-2936-2.
  4. ^ a b Pavlos Vrellis Museum of Greek History, Greece. Archived 2011-07-10 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b Paul Hellander, Kate Armstrong (2006). Greece. Lonely Planet. p. 278. ISBN 978-1-74059-750-0.
  6. ^ Rockwood Caragh.Fodor's Greece. Fodor's, 1997. ISBN 978-0-679-03227-4, p. 152.
  7. ^ Prefectural Committee of Tourist Promotion. "Prefecture of Ioannina, Epirus-Greece" (PDF). Prefecture of Ioannina. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 28, 2006. Retrieved 2009-11-02.
  8. ^ Bötig Klaus (2008). Griechenland-DuMont Richtig reisen (in German). DuMont Reiseverlag. p. 124. ISBN 978-3-7701-7608-3.

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