The unique Eggares Olive Press Museum
Did you know that in ancient Greece, Olive used to be the oil for anointing kings, that it burnt in the sacred temple lamps and was the eternal flame in the original Olympic Games. With origins of the first olive tree in Greece being dated 2000 years ago, oil production was a major industry for several centuries in the Mediterranean until the industrial revolution in late 18th century. Naxos still has 90 olive press buildings (non-operational) and an 18th century museum in the quaint village of Eggares. “Atleast a dozen men were required to move the millstone,” said Mary, the curator of the museum, pointing towards a huge trapezium shaped cylindrical boulder with two protruded wooden arms on either side. The museum has life size exhibits of all the tools that were used in a typical Olive press. It also sells various types of breads, cakes, jams, pastes, soaps and shampoos – all made from olive oil!