Crete tourist guide

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Archaeological Museum in Heraklion

The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion is one of the most important and largest museums in Greece and one of the most important in Europe. The permanent exhibition of the museum contains unique works of art and Cretan history from excavations from the central and eastern parts of the island. It covers all periods of Crete's history and prehistory from the 5,500 years range from the Neolithic to the Roman times. The museum collections include sculptures, frescos, ceramics, tools, jewelry, various metal objects, seals, tombstones and many more. It is here that the famous finds such as the Fajstos disk, goddess figurine with snakes, double axes, precious ritons or pendant with bees found in the palace in Malia are stored.

Archaeological Museum in Heraklion

History of the uprising

The beginnings of the activity date back to the turn of the 19th / 20th centuries when the first archaeological collection was created on the initiative of Józef Chatzidakis, who became famous for archaeological work carried out in Tylissos and the first excavations in the palace in Malia . At the beginning of the activity aimed at creating the museum Chatzidakis obtained permission from the Ottoman authorities. The first collections were placed in the courtyard of the Agios Minas cathedral. They were small and they were based on donations and first small excavations in Crete. The change at the discovery of the Minoan palaces brought about a change, and many important finds constituting the present exhibits of the museum joined the collections for many years.

The construction of the building, which now houses the museum, began in 1937 according to the plans of the architect Patroclus Karantinos. World War II created a huge threat to the museum's ancient collections, but they survived thanks to the efforts made by Professor Nikolaos Plato. It was Plato who oversaw the re-exhibition of the treasures of the museum when they were opened in 1952 to the public. This is not the only merit of this archaeologist. A few years after the museum was opened, he undertook intensive work at the palace in Zakros .

Pendant with bees
Golden pendant with bees found in the palace in Malia




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In the early years of the museum's activity, the exhibition presented the chronological development of the Minoan civilization in Crete, the history of archaeological research and the great discoveries of the Minoan palaces from the beginning of the 20th century. Over the following years, the museum was enriched with new collections also from private individuals, and in 1964 a new wing of the museum building was created.

The year 1987 brought many changes to the building's systems. New electrical installation, air conditioning, fire protection systems and others have been created. Subsequent repairs increased the level of security of the exhibits exhibited.

Museum after renovation

Between November 13, 2006 and May 6, 2014, another long-term renovation took place, for which from 25 July 2007 a temporary exhibition covering 350 sq m was created, on which the most important finds were presented. The progressing renovation and extension was caused by the change of the scope of works and the discovery of the remains of a medieval monastery in the area occupied by the museum building. Thanks to the changes, the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion has gained new spacious rooms, modern installations and finishing. A glance at these modern rooms, corridors or even toilets is enough to state that the Greeks did the work at the highest level.

Archaeological Museum in Heraklion


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Since the summer of 2014, the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion has been open to visitors daily between the hours of 8 and 20, as well as 32 other important museums and archaeological sites throughout Greece.

In addition to expanding the collection, protecting and presenting the Museum, it also organizes temporary exhibitions in Greece and abroad, cooperates with scientific institutions and organizes many cultural events.

How to visit

The Archaeological Museum is located in the very center of Heraklion , next to one of the main central squares of Eleftherias. For people who plan an individual journey by rented car, we recommend visiting the museum on Sunday. On this day of the week, there is less traffic on the streets of Heraklion , which definitely facilitates moving around this city. It is also much easier to find a free parking space, which does not require a special ticket on Sundays.

Admission tickets cost: normal 10 €, reduced: 5 €, for 16 € (normal) and 8 € (reduced) you can buy a combined ticket entitling you to enter the museum and excavations at Knossos . This ticket is valid for three days. Discounted tickets are available to EU citizens over 65 years of age. and students. Children and adolescents under 18 years of age they have free entry.

Entrance to the museum is free on the following days: March 6, June 5, April 18 (International Monuments Day), May 18 (International Museum Day), last weekend of September (European Heritage Days), every first Sunday from November 1 to March 31 , October 28.

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Knossos
Knossos

Knossos

Knossos is one of the flagship monuments visited by tourists, it is also the most popular place where organized trips go.

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Heraklion
Heraklion

Heraklion

Heraklion (Iraklion) is the largest city of Crete. With almost 140,000 inhabitants, it is the fourth largest Greek city.

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Margarites
Margarites

Margarites

Dozens of craft workshops located in this small mountain village make Margarites one of the four main centers where traditional Cretan ceramics are made.

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Heraklion - airport
Heraklion - airport

Heraklion - airport

International airport. Nikos Kazantzakis in Heraklion is currently the largest airport in Crete.

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Heraklion
Heraklion

Heraklion

Heraklion (Iraklion) is the largest city of Crete. With almost 140,000 inhabitants, it is the fourth largest Greek city.

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Moni Arkadiou
Moni Arkadiou

Moni Arkadiou

The date of the foundation of Moni Arkadiou (Arkadi) is not exactly known. According to tradition, the name of this church refers to the name of the Emperor Arkadiusz, who supposedly was to be its founder.

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Moni Arkadiou
Moni Arkadiou

Moni Arkadiou

The date of the foundation of Moni Arkadiou (Arkadi) is not exactly known. According to tradition, the name of this church refers to the name of the Emperor Arkadiusz, who supposedly was to be its founder.

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Rethymnon
Rethymnon

Rethymnon

Rethymnon with around 40,000 inhabitants are the third largest city of Crete. This place was populated already in the Minoan period. Historically, the city was an important commercial center.

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Thrapsano
Thrapsano

Thrapsano

Thrapsano is a small town inhabited by slightly over 2,500 people, the vast majority of which until recently maintained their activity as a potter.

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Skinaria
Skinaria

Skinaria

Skinaria is a small beach located along a small bay, whose outlet on both sides ends with a rocky coast. It is still a little-known place overlooked by mass tourism

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Skinaria
Skinaria

Skinaria

Skinaria is a small beach located along a small bay, whose outlet on both sides ends with a rocky coast. It is still a little-known place overlooked by mass tourism

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Jaskinia Idi
Jaskinia Idi

Jaskinia Idi

According to Greek mythology, Zeus hid (and perhaps even gave birth) in the Ida cave. This myth is the greatest asset of this cave, which is not as interesting and beautiful as the Dikte cave.

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Tripiti
Tripiti

Tripiti

Tripiti is a small beach covered with a mixture of gray sand, gravel and stones. Despite the fact that the beach is unorganized and has a semi-natural appearance, one small tavern works here.

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Tripiti
Tripiti

Tripiti

Tripiti is a small beach covered with a mixture of gray sand, gravel and stones. Despite the fact that the beach is unorganized and has a semi-natural appearance, one small tavern works here.

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Tripiti
Tripiti

Tripiti

Tripiti is a small beach covered with a mixture of gray sand, gravel and stones. Despite the fact that the beach is unorganized and has a semi-natural appearance, one small tavern works here.

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Plakias
Plakias

Plakias

Plakias is a perfect place for people who like to spend time hiking. In the area of the town and the surrounding area, there are several hiking trails that lead to interesting beaches.

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Preveli monastery
Preveli monastery

Preveli monastery

Currently, the lower monastery is still not open to the public and is not used by the monks. The buildings of the upper monastery have undergone partial renovation and are the main seat of the Preveli monastery.

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Preveli monastery
Preveli monastery

Preveli monastery

Currently, the lower monastery is still not open to the public and is not used by the monks. The buildings of the upper monastery have undergone partial renovation and are the main seat of the Preveli monastery.

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Preveli monastery
Preveli monastery

Preveli monastery

Currently, the lower monastery is still not open to the public and is not used by the monks. The buildings of the upper monastery have undergone partial renovation and are the main seat of the Preveli monastery.

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Gorge Kourtaliotiko
Gorge Kourtaliotiko

Gorge Kourtaliotiko

The Kourtaliotiko Gorge, also known as the Asomatos Gorge, is perhaps one of the most spectacular natural attractions available in the central part of Crete.

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Minoan Agia Triada
Minoan Agia Triada

Minoan Agia Triada

Agia Triada is a small Minoan archaeological site in the south of Crete, located near Timpaki, located on the western slope of the hill about 40 meters above sea level.

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Fajstos
Fajstos

Fajstos

Około 60 kilometrów na południowy zachód od stolicy Krety - Heraklionu znajdują się ruiny drugiego co do wielkości starożytnego pałacu - Fajstos.

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Melidoni Cave
Melidoni Cave

Melidoni Cave

Currently, Melidoni Cave (originally called Gerontospilios) is associated mainly with the tragic events that took place here in 1824.

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Koules Fortress
Koules Fortress

Koules Fortress

This fortress is a perfect example of Crete's multiculturalism. Located today in Greek hands, it was built by the Venetians, but is called a name taken from the Turkish language.

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Archeological museum
Archeological museum

Archeological museum

It is one of the most important and largest museums in Greece and one of the most important in Europe.

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Tylissos
Tylissos

Tylissos

Tylissos is one of the few places in Crete that has kept its name since ancient times.

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Damnoni
Damnoni

Damnoni

Plaża w Damnoni jest położona po sąsiedzku z Plakias - popularną turystyczną miejscowością

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Agios Pavlos
Agios Pavlos

Agios Pavlos

Agios Pavlos is a small town located on the southern coast of Crete near Saktouria.

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Triopetra
Triopetra

Triopetra

Triopetra is located at the foot of the Siderotas mountain about 52 km south of Rethymno.

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Agia Galini
Agia Galini

Agia Galini

gia Galini (Αγία Γαλήνη) jest jednym z najpopularniejszych nadmorskich kurortów na południowym wybrzeżu Krety.

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Skinakas Observatory
Skinakas Observatory

Skinakas Observatory

The observatory is located at the top of the Skinakas mountain at an altitude of 1750 m. The idea for its construction was born in 1984.

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Armeni
Armeni

Armeni

The Late-Romanesque cemetery in Armeni is located on the outskirts of this town, located less than 10 km south of the center of Rethymno.

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Military Museum
Military Museum

Military Museum

The museum presents the dramatic history of Crete written over the last several hundred years.

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Argyroupolis
Argyroupolis

Argyroupolis

The modern settlement known as Argyroupolis was built on the site of the ancient city of Lappa (also called Lambi)

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Lentas
Lentas

Lentas

Lentas is a good idea for those who want to get away from villages steeped in industrial tourism.

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Labyrinthaki and Labyrinthos
Labyrinthaki and Labyrinthos

Labyrinthaki and Labyrinthos

This ancient quarry, consisting of two parts by modern times, is called Λαβυρινθάκι and Λαβύρινθος.

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Archeological Museum in Eleftherna
Estiatorio Chrisopigi
Estiatorio Chrisopigi

Estiatorio Chrisopigi

If anyone of you is looking for a good restaurant near Matala and Kalamaki, then we would like to recommend estiório Chrisopigi.

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Gortyna
Gortyna

Gortyna

Gortyna is considered one of the most extensive excavations in Greece.

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Psiloritis - Timios Stavros
Psiloritis - Timios Stavros

Psiloritis - Timios Stavros

Psiloritis (Timios Stavros - Holy Cross) is the top of the highest mountain of Crete, rising to 2456 m above sea level.

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Rouvas Gorge
Rouvas Gorge

Rouvas Gorge

Rouvas Gorge is one of the most interesting places in this part of Crete. The interesting trail leads in a perfect way to the changing appearance of this gorge.

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Matala
Matala

Matala

Matala is one of the most popular towns not only of the southern coast but also of the whole of Crete. In the 1960s and 1970s, this small fishing village was a mecca for hippies.

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Monastery of Odigitrias
Monastery of Odigitrias

Monastery of Odigitrias

The Odigitrias Monastery is one of the most famous monasteries of southern Crete. Unfortunately, in terms of popularity, he is far from other Cretan monasteries.

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Kali Limenes
Kali Limenes

Kali Limenes

Kali Limenes (meaning Dobre Porty or Piękny Przystanie) is a coastal town located in the Asterousia Mountains on the southern coast of Crete.

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Vathipetro
Vathipetro

Vathipetro

In addition to the famous grand palaces on the island in the Minoan period, a number of smaller residences were created. One of the most important examples is the Vathipetro discovered about 5 km north of Archanes, on the southeastern slope of Mount Juchtas in the central part of Crete.

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 Barbara Wojda
Barbara Wojda
2016-08-23 17:28:26

Byłam w muzeum na początku sierpnia i fakt robi wrażenie

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 CRETE - Kreta
CRETE - Kreta
2016-08-23 17:29:29

W stosunku do wcześniejszej tymczasowej ekspozycji znajdującej się na "zapleczu" muzeum to zupełnie inna jakość :)

 Roma Kapałka
Roma Kapałka
2016-08-23 18:28:03

Byłam w czerwcu...super muzeum :) polecam

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 Beata Bartman-Tybura
Beata Bartman-Tybura
2016-08-23 18:51:52

Jedno z piękniejszych muzeów które zwiedzałam.

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 Edyta Szulik
Edyta Szulik
2016-08-23 20:04:24

Dla mnie najważniejszym punktem tegorocznej wizyty w Heraklionie było muzeum archeologiczne.Jest to jedno z tych miejsc, które będąc na Krecie po prostu należy odwiedzić. Byłam pod głębokim wrażeniem.

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 Ewa Pierwola
Ewa Pierwola
2016-08-25 18:55:29

Naturalnie.bylam tam

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gość Szymon 1957
2017-03-04 20:29:11

fotografowanie

Mam pytanie odnośnie muzeum Archeologicznego w Heraklionie. CZy wolno robić zdjęcia eksponatów w tym muzeum. Mam na myśli zdjęcia bez flesza i ze statywem.

Dziękuję.

Gosia | crete.pl
Gosia | crete.pl
2017-03-04 21:32:01

fotografowanie - odp.

W tym muzeum nie ma problemu z fotografowaniem eksponatów. Oczywiście tak jak piszesz: bez flesza. Odnośnie stosowania statywu - tego niestety nie wiemy.

 Irena Zygmunt Pampuch
Irena Zygmunt Pampuch
2017-04-18 17:57:14

Warto zobaczyć

 Iwona Misztal
Iwona Misztal
2017-04-18 18:05:11

Polecam, warte obejrzenia.

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 Marzena Lizak
Marzena Lizak
2017-04-18 18:16:21

Warto zobaczyć

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 Beata Bartman-Tybura
Beata Bartman-Tybura
2017-04-18 19:07:55

Polecam,na prawdę warto!

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 Ewa Wójcik
Ewa Wójcik
2017-04-18 19:47:25

Punkt obowiązkowy na czerwiec:)

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 Darisz Lech
Darisz Lech
2017-04-18 20:46:27

TEN dysk i wężowe boginie! <3

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 Magdalena Maliszewska
Magdalena Maliszewska
2017-04-19 05:49:25

Polecam,warto zobaczyć.

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 Artur Bąba
Artur Bąba
2017-04-19 07:15:13

Robi wrazenie nie powiem....

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 Joanna Ziemlewska
Joanna Ziemlewska
2017-04-19 07:55:16

Byłam - zwiedzałam !

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 Malgorzata Stepinska
Malgorzata Stepinska
2017-04-19 09:23:40

Byłam,widzialam

 Dominika Moc
Dominika Moc
2017-04-19 10:23:57

Byliśmy z mężem :) Polecam !

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gość Ania
2017-07-25 13:50:58

Bilet łączony

Byliśmy wczoraj zwiedzić Pałac. Dobrze się tam wybrać w godzinach popoludniowych- mniej turystów. Jeśli chodzi o bilet łączony to faktycznie świetna okazja, ale warto doczytać, że bilet ten jest ważny 1 dzień do Pałacu, a przez 3 dni do Muzeum w Heraklionie

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gość Pietrek
2018-04-21 07:02:47

Warto wiedzieć, warto znać

Warto wiedzieć, że wejście do muzeów państwowych w Grecji jest darmowe dla studentów z krajów UE (miejcie przy sobie legitymację studencką).

Warto znać tę stronę (szczególnie miłośnicy starożytności) http://odysseus.culture.gr/a/6/ea60.jsp 

 

A tak w ogóle to chciałem się przywitać z twórcami crete.pl bo to mój pierwszy wpis. Robicie świetną robotę. Do 2013 r. odwiedzałem Grecję kilka razy ale Kreta ciągle jeszcze pozostaje w marzeniach, które skutecznie są podsycane przez Wasze przewodniki po wyspie.

Pozdrawiam Was i wszystkich, którzy wpisują się na forum

Gosia | crete.pl
Gosia | crete.pl
2018-04-21 11:19:55

...Warto wiedzieć, warto znać...

Witaj Pietrek :) Zawsze nam miło czytać pozytywne komentarze :)

My także polecamy stronę http://odysseus.culture.gr/ bo znajdują się na niej praktyczne informacje dotyczące muzeów i stanowisk archeo w całej Grecji. Muzea oferują także inne zniżki, wszystko to jest opisane na powyższej stronie. Warto więc czytać tym bardziej że bilety wstępu jakiś czas temu podrożały :)

To kiedy wybierzesz się na Kretę? :)

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