The historical Vrana Olive Press was one of the first steam factories of the Industrial Revolution of Lesvos. Built in 1887 in Papados village, which was an economic centre for the island, the Olive Press belonged to Nikolaos Vranas, grandfather of the Nobel awarded Greek poet Odysseas Elytis. The factory was in operation till the 1970s and its olive oil was traded all over Greece and in Istanbul.
In 1999, this industrial monument of unique architectural value came into the possession of the “Archipelagos Society” – a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and cultural development of the Aegean – which undertook the difficult and ambitious work of its restoration and conversion into a museum.
The buildings and machinery have been restored and visitors can see a diesel machine TANGYE, constructed in Birmingham UK, one of only seven of this kind.
A unique gallery of modern art has been created to host original paintings inspired by the restoration of the monument, which was created and donated by leading Greek artists to the Archipelagos Society.
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