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Gain an understanding of Cretan history through exhibits spanning from the Byzantine era to World War II at Historical Museum of Crete. Founded in 1953 in a neoclassical building formerly known as the House of Kalokerinos, the museum showcases the Nikos Kazantzakis collection, featuring the study and library from the author's home in Antibes, France, manuscripts of his works, and first editions of his books in various languages. Two of the finest exhibits are the only paintings by El Greco in Crete: The Baptism of Christ (1567) and View of Mt. Sinai and the monastery of St. Catherine 1570). Ceramics, sculptures, coins, jewelry, and a wide range of heirlooms highlight the everyday life on Crete during various historical periods. Rent an audio guide for more information about each exhibit and take a break with a sea view at the cafe deck. For Historical Museum of Crete and beyond, use our Heraklion visit planner to get the most from your Heraklion vacation.
Historical Museum of Crete reviews
Nice place if you want to indulge into Cretean history and past even while you are on holiday at a special place more »
Good overview of the history of Crete after the Romans, detailing the many occupations, as well as the 1923 Lausanne treaty forcing all Muslims to leave, as well as taking in many Armenian refugees... more »
A very nice overview of the Cretan history of the last ~2000 years and a lot bigger than I thought. Definitely worth paying a visit.
So many things and so big history in a not so big museum. Nice place. But it was too hot in some places. And gloves.. i don't think it was necessary.
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