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by Santorini Dave • Updated: October 3, 2022
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Samouelian Musical Instruments Hours and Information
- Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 11am-6pm; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 11am-8pm.
- Website: samouelian.gr
- Location: Ifestou 36
- Telephone: +30 210 321 2433
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Social Media: Instagram, Facebook
- Nearest Metro: Monastiraki
Samouelian Musical Instruments Shop in Athens
Music lovers will not be disappointed in this family-run gem, owned by the inspirational and hospitable Giannis Samouelian. A 3rd-generation instrument maker, Giannis is also an accomplished modern and traditional musician who has taught at the Hellenic Conservatory of Music and Arts educational institution.
Originally from Armenia, the Samouelian family’s journey into Greece and the instrument making business is one of hardship and triumph. In 1915, Giannis’ grandfather’s family (including Giannis’ father) fled the Armenian Genocide into Smyrna (Izmir, Turkey today) only to have to flee again after the Burning of Smyrna in 1922 when they escaped into Greece. With no land and no money, Giannis’ grandfather (a musician) started making musical instruments to sell. Thus started the family business of Samouelian Musical Instruments, still at its original 1928 Monastiraki location with renovations done to the building after a fire in 1953.
Today, Giannis operates his shop with both his sons at his side, learning from the best in the business. All of the shop’s Greek instruments are handmade by Giannis and his sons; these include the stringed instruments bouzouki, baglamas, tzouras, and laouto. A wide variety of guitars, violins, woodwind instruments, amplifiers, and accessories are also available. Online shopping and international shipping are available.
Located approximately 150 meters from Monastiraki Square. Follow the pedestrian walkway under the “Athens Flea Market” sign next to the Monastiraki metro station building; it’s a short 130-meter walk from there.
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