Archaeological Museum

The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is one of the largest, most important and most visited museums in Greece, and among the most important museums in Europe. It houses representative artefacts from all the periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering a chronological span of over 5,500 years from the Neolithic period to Roman times. The singularly important Minoan collection contains unique examples of Minoan art, many of them true masterpieces. The Archaeological Museum, located in the town centre, was built between 1937 and 1940 by architect Patroklos Karantinos on a site previously occupied by the Roman Catholic monastery of Saint-Francis which was destroyed by earthquake in 1856. The colors and construction materials, such as the veined polychrome marbles, recall certain Minoan wall-paintings.

Archaeological Museum

The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is one of the largest, most important and most visited museums in Greece, and among the most important museums in Europe. It houses representative artefacts from all the periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering a chronological span of over 5,500 years from the Neolithic period to Roman times. The singularly important Minoan collection contains unique examples of Minoan art, many of them true masterpieces. The Archaeological Museum, located in the town centre, was built between 1937 and 1940 by architect Patroklos Karantinos on a site previously occupied by the Roman Catholic monastery of Saint-Francis which was destroyed by earthquake in 1856. The colors and construction materials, such as the veined polychrome marbles, recall certain Minoan wall-paintings.

Highlights

  •  Do not miss the opportunity to see the “Goddess of the Ofi snakes”, the Rock-crystal rhyton, the rhyton in the shape of a bull's head, the "Bull- leaping" fresco from the palace of Knossos, the Phaistos Disk and the statue of Aphrodite from the Roman Era, found in the region of Gortyna.
  • Explore the old Market and find thyme honey, raki, cheese and many other local products. 
  • Visit Plateia Eleftherias or Freedom Square and drink an elliniko kafe (Greek coffee). 
  • Explore Daidalou, a shopping street, and Korai street with some very interesting cafés and bars.

Highlights

  •  Do not miss the opportunity to see the “Goddess of the Ofi snakes”, the Rock-crystal rhyton, the rhyton in the shape of a bull's head, the "Bull- leaping" fresco from the palace of Knossos, the Phaistos Disk and the statue of Aphrodite from the Roman Era, found in the region of Gortyna.
  • Explore the old Market and find thyme honey, raki, cheese and many other local products. 
  • Visit Plateia Eleftherias or Freedom Square and drink an elliniko kafe (Greek coffee). 
  • Explore Daidalou, a shopping street, and Korai street with some very interesting cafés and bars.

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