Democracy Museum, Ai Stratis - Μουσείο Δημοκρατίας στον 'Aη Στράτη  
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Philippos Iliou

Map of Ai Stratis

A walk along the route marked on the map will take you to the historic sites and surviving buildings. Also marked on the map are some of the names given by the exiles to certain places in the area.


Points of interest in the village and camp of Ai-Stratis during the period after World War II when political exiles were interned here.
  1. Political exiles' Infirmary (now the Museum of Democracy).
  2. The Maraslios-Logothetios School: this was the Gendarmerie station when the political exiles' internment camp was in use.
  3. The political exiles' communal bakery.
  4. The team of leatherworkers who made and repaired shoes and other articles of everyday use for their fellow-exiles.
  5. The workshop where leatherworkers made and repaired shoes and other articles of everyday use for their fellow-exiles.
  6. The political exiles' communal kitchen.
  7. The political exiles' communal forge.
  8. The political exiles' indoor theatre.
  9. The area used by the political exiles as an outdoor theatre.
  10. The political exiles' Infirmary.
  11. Paved floor areas for the political exiles' tents.
  12. The Church of Ayios Minas with the memorial to the internees who died in the winter of 1941-1942.
  13. A Gendarmerie watchtower, one of approximately nine that ringed the perimeter of the internment camp.
  14. 'Lenin's Rock' (the name given by the internees to the headland at the north end of Ai-Stratis village).
  15. The village beach: 'The Sahara', as it was called by the political exiles.
  16. A track along the banks of the watercourse: 'Bolsheviks' Boulevard', as it was called by the political exiles.
  17. Vassilis Yeoryianakis' coffee-shop, where the political exiles would get together and relax whenever possible.
  18. Tobacconist's shop in the village.
  19. The remains of the village's medieval fortification wall (the 'Kastro').
  20. The Byzantine Church of the Five Martyrs.
  21. Windmills.
  22. Boubouna Hill, the site of the old village. Its summit was known to the political exiles as 'Trotsky's Rock'.
The sectors of the political exiles' internment camp:
Sectors A, B, C and D can be seen in colour.