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HERAKLIO

 

Archaeological Museum
The Heraklion Archaeological Museum houses valuable finds from all over Crete including pottery, stone carvings, sealstones and statuettes. Pride of place goes to the treasures of the Minoan era, which can be admired in all their historical continuity. Popular highlights include the Phaestos disc, classic Hellenic and Roman sculptures, frescoes, jewellery, wall paintings and pottery.

 

Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum of Crete, located within the University of Crete, was established in 1980 and offers visitors the opportunity to discover the ecologically and culturally diverse environment of the Eastern Mediterranean.

 

Cretan Historical  & Folklore Museum
The Historical Museum houses exhibits from the Byzantine, Venetian and Turkish periods along with historical documents of more recent Cretan history. Other noteworthy exhibits include a rich collection of folk art – comprising local costumes, textiles, woodcarvings and embroidery – and a representation of a typical Cretan house.

 

Nikos Kazantzakis Museum
The Nikos Kazantzakis Museum is located in the picturesque and historic village of Varvari, actually the birthplace of Kazantzakis’s father, Captain Michalis. The museum houses relics and objects that bring to life the memory of the great Cretan, the most celebrated Greek writer, translator and philosopher of the 20th century.

 

 

RETHYMNO

 

Archaeological Museum
Located in the town of Rethymno it exhibits various items and relics found all around the prefecture of Rethymno, dating from the Neolithic period to the Roman years. All the finds are organised in a chronological order. Among them are jewellery, tools, figurines and spearheads from the Neolithic period which have been found in the Gerani Cave and in the cave of Ellenes Amariou.

 

The Historical and Folklore Museum
This museum exhibits a rich collection of example of the local weaving art and techniques, traditional embroidered national and regional costumes, lace, basket-weaving, ceramic art, paintings and various other items of folk art.

 

The Marine Museum
A pleasant museum has on display numerous shells and some vertebrates, sponges and fishes.

 

The Centre of Contemporary Art
In this gallery visitors will seen a rich collection of woks made by the local artist Kanakakis and a collection of representative pieces of arts of the modern Greek painting. Various exhibitions of modern art are organised regularly in the gallery. 

 

Natural History Museum
In Rethymno there is a pane which is known as temenos Mastampa, or as pane of Velli pasa. It was built in the ruins of Catholic temple of Saint Onoufrios. The minaret includes balcony and it rescues sign with chronology 1789, which says that it is the older minaret of Rethymno. In the building of pane they began work of fixing and restoration from the previous decade, so that it accommodates annex of Museum of Natural History of Goylandri institution.

 

Melidoni Cave
Melidoni cave is about 1,800 metres northwest of the village and is of interest because of he archaeological findings which are displayed in the Archaeological Museum of Rethimnon. The cave was also the mythical home of Talos--the giant bronze protector of Crete used to circle Crete twice a day, warding off its enemies. Legend says that the sorceress Medea removed his protective thorn and he bled to death. The cave was also the mythical home of Talos--the giant bronze protector of Crete used to circle Crete twice a day, warding of excursions f its enemies. Legend says that the sorceress Medea removed his protective thorn and he bled to death.

 

 

CHANIA

 

The Archaeological Museum
The museum is housed in the Venetian Church of San Francesco and exhibits important finds dating from the Neolithic and Minoan periods to the late Roman one... The most important part of the exhibition is a collection of vases and weapons from the Minoan necropolis.

 

The Nautical Museum
This museum is located on the north-east end of the Venetian harbour (in the town of Chania), in a building of the Firkas Fortress, and houses a collection of models of ships from antiquity to modern times and a collection of relics from the historic battles of the Greek Navy such as war guns, portraits of important Greek admirals and navigation equipment.

 

The Historical Archives and Museum of Crete
This museum exhibits a rich collection of folklore and material related to the history of the island such as historic documents, maps, coins, religious vessels, pictures, etc... There are the second largest archives of Greece after the General Archives of the Greek State.

 

A room in the museum has been dedicated to Eleftherios Venizelos where personal objects and mementos of the great statesman.

 

The War Museum
It contains rare pictures and various other historical items from the revolution of Crete against the Turks, from the Balkanian Wars, the Macedonian War (1903- 1908) and from the destruction of the Greek part of Asia as well as memorabilia from World War II and the Battle of Crete (1941- 1945).