Historical Museum of Crete, Heraklion

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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.
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  • This place is a bit off the beaten path but worth the effort if you want to get a good overview of Crete's history from pre-historic times through WWII. The exhibits are well laid out. The acoustic....  more »
  • This is my favourite museum in Crete. Though it is not a huge museum it is full of excellent displays and an amazing 3d model of the old city. If you wish to understand Cretan history it is very...  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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