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MUSEUMS &
ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES

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Museums and archaeological sites tend to close on Mondays, apart from some of the major ones. Despite being government run hours are variable and some take siestas when they are not supposed to. Mornings are your best guarantee of finding a place open, but check with a tourist office if you can before travelling.

 

CHANIA MUSEUMS

 

The old town of Chania one of the longest continuously inhabited cities of the world is itself  a living museum, with reminders of the past at every turn. The Venetian harbour and surrounding streets particularly are full of architectural gems from the Venetian and Turkish occupations.

NAUTICAL MUSEUM

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As the name suggests the museum contains items from Crete's nautical past. There is also a small display relating to the battle of Crete.
North-West end of the harbour    Open Mon - Sat  09:00 to 16:00        2.50 euros

ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM


A small museum of locally discovered artefacts dating back to Neolithic times, and carrying through to the late Roman period. Housed in the former Venetian church of San Francesco.
Halidon Street  Open Tues - Fri 8:00 to 19:00  Sat/Sun  8:30 to 15:00             2euros or 3euros combined ticket with byzantine & post byzantine collection

BYZANTINE & POST BYZANTINE COLLECTION


Covering the period from Christian to the end of the Venetian occupation, this museum houses a small collection of jewellery, mosaics and sculpture. Housed in the former Venetian chapel of San Salvatore, it is possible to buy a combined ticket for this and the archeological  museum.
Harbour end of Theotokopoulou Street  Open Tues - Sun 8:30 to 15:00             2euros  or
3euros when combined with archeological museum

CRETAN HOUSE FOLKLORE MUSEUM


A replica of a traditional Cretan house packed with traditional artefacts
Halidon Street  Open Mon - Sat 9:00 to 15:00 and 18:00 to 21:00                      2euros

HISTORICAL MUSEUM & ARCHIVE


An not especially impressive collection of artefacts of more recent history, particularly the struggle against the Turks.
Sfakianakis Street  Open Mon - Fri 09:00 to 13:00                                   free

 

                                                      
RETHYMNON MUSEUMS

 

VENETIAN FORTRESS


Situated to the west of the harbour the fortress was built at the end of the 16th. century as a defence against pirate raids. It is reputed to be the largest Venetian fort ever built, and at the time could shelter the entire population.
Open daily 8:00 to 20:00 ( 18:00 nov. to mar.)                                   3euros

 

ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM


Housed in a Turkish building, that once served as a prison, the archeological museum lies opposite the entrance to the fortress. It has a collection of minoan and roman artefacts.
Open Tues - Sun  8:30 to 17:00                                                               3euros

HISTORICAL & FOLK ART MUSEUM


A collection of musical instruments and farm implements among other items of everyday life. Housed in a beautifully restored 17th. century Venetian mansion.
M. Vernadou Open Mon - Sat 9:30 to 14:00  and 14:00 to 20:00         3euros

 

ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES

 

KNOSSOS

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The “daddy” of all of Crete’s historical sites and of global significance. The ancient Minoan palace of Knossos was thought to exist only in myth until its discovery just over a hundred years ago. The site was excavated by Sir Arthur Evans who also undertook some controversial restoration work. His ideas being based on conjecture rather than fact.
Knossos is according to legend the place where Daedalus created the labyrinth to imprison the Minotaur.
5km. south of Iraklion   open daily  8:00mto 19:00 (April to September) and 8:30 to 15:00 ( October to March)                                                                 6 euros

 

APTERA

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Situated above, and offering magnificent views of Souda Bay, Aptera was a large city founded by the Mycenaens. Subsequently occupied by the Dorians, Romans and later the Turks, there are remains from every period including some huge Roman cisterns, and a Turkish fort.
Opposite Souda Bay, signposted off the National Road.
Open   Tues - Sun 8:00 to 15:00                                                              free   

 

FALASSARNA


Remains of an ancient harbour attributed to the late Minoan period and occupied up until Roman times. It now lies some 300mts. from the sea, the result of volcanic activity that tilted the island of Crete. The east sinking, and the west rising about 6metres leaving the ancient harbour dry. The ancient watermark can still be seen on the cliffs along the coastline.
Just inland of present day Falassarna                                                        free

 

POLYRINIA


The 6th. century BC Dorian town of ancient Polyrinia is situated on a steep hill above present day Polyrinia, which is 7km. inland of Kastelli. There is little left to see now apart from a few ruined walls and graves, its historical significance is far greater than its visual attractions. There is however a splendid view if you do make it to the top.
7km. inland of Kastelli Kissamos                                                                 free