Interwar atmosphere- The urban life of Leros and a great War
The Belenis tower with its large garden, its special architecture and its luxurious chambers, resembles a novel of the interwar. And so it is! It still exudes the urban life of the island at that time and narrates its important moments.
The tower of Belenis was the beach house of a wealthy Greek Egyptian and benefactor of Leros, who was named Parisis Belenis. It was built between 1925 – ‘ 27 and is an excellent example of Italian eclectic with romanesque and neo-gothic elements, combining elements of medieval fortification architecture (embrasures) and neoclassical elements. The Bellenis tower is mostly constructed with stone and is a two-storey building in its central body while at the two ends of the front side of the garden there are ground buildings that follow the same architectural style. The whole tower is enclosed by a large garden, the configuration of which is neoclassical style.
Today, the Belenis Tower is a historical and folklore museum. In its large rooms, you can see everyday items that reflect the urban life of Leros (costumes, crockery, glassware, embroidery, utilitarian utensils and ecclesiastical relics, musical instruments and furniture), works of art by the great painter Kyriakos Tsakiris, who leaved on the island during his long exile, exhibits from the period of German occupation, when the tower functioned as a German military hospital under the command of General Miller and findings of the legendary ship “Queen Olga”, exhibits from the Battle of Leros and the naval battle of “Old man”, lithographs of 1830, maps and seals of the 18th century.
Every Summer in the garden of the tower, cultural and artistic events are organized.