You look at worry-beads and you think of Nafplio. You find yourself in Nafplio in search of a souvenir and think of worry-beads. A visit to the Komboloi Museum, housed in one of the city's oldest buildings, is necessary in order to acquire a rosary of the best quality.
A story from the past
The museum, which operates under the supervision of the Greek Ministry of Culture, was founded in April 1998 by Mr. Evangelinos and Mrs. Rallou Gromitsari. In the Komboloi Museum, you will find a unique collection of 700 old rosaries and worry-beads, which are dated from 1550 to 1950! Their materials vary: natural amber of the Baltic Sea, amber-mastic, Faturan amber, black coral (yusuri), red coral, ivory, bone, horn, wood etc.. The Komboloi Museum hides a great history within four small rooms.
Did you know that?
Since its establishment until now, the museum has welcomed more than 200,000 visitors (not counting at this number schools, teachers, military personnel with free entrance).
Worth to see
On the first floor, where you will enter the museum, there are approximately 300 Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Catholic rosaries and about 700 Greek "komboloi" made of rare materials such as amber, the Faturan, coral, ivory, etc. After admiring them, you can buy your own in the shop on the ground floor. Here you can buy an old komboloi (if you are a collector) and of course you can choose a new one from countless natural materials and amber. Prices are similar to the quality of your choice.
25, Staikopoulou Str., Nafplio Old Town,
T +30 27520 21618