Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - 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 Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - 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 Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete and beyond, use our Heraklion visit planner to get the most from your Heraklion vacation.
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  • This lovely museum is well set out and easy to follow in half a day. It’s a real jewel showing all aspects of the island’s turbulent history and houses Crete’s only two El Greco paintings. And there’s...  more »
  • Hidden treasures from the relatively recent past of Crete that is worth discovering in a beautiful building
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  • Surprisingly good. I thought it was just going to be lots of things to look at but the context and detail surrounding the objects was very good. They tell you the full history of Crete over 3 floors from the Byzantine period to present day. A visit is definitely recommended.
  • a really cozy museum. Small yet interesting. A must visit in the middle of a hot day. The back yard cafe on the 2nd floor is just fantastic - do drop by for a coffee or a cold drink.
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