The Historical Museum of Crete was founded in 1953 and is housed in a neoclassical building of particular architectural merit. Its collection covers a period of seventeen centuries of local history and culture, from the early Christian centuries to modern times. The museum displays carefully-selected exhibits of Byzantine art and culture, of the periods of Venetian and Ottoman rule, of the era of revolutions prior to the unification of Crete with Greece, of WWII, of the Battle of Crete and the Resistance, and of the Cretan folk culture. The exhibits are highlighted by appropriate audiovisual and multimedia material. The museum’s crown jewels are the El Greco paintings, The Baptism of Christ (1569) and View of Mt. Sinai and the Monastery of St. Catherine (1570), the only ones exhibited in Crete. In a special section, the Nikos Kazantzakis Collection features personal items and manuscripts of the Cretan author. An exceptional exhibit is a large-scale model of mid-17th century Khándax (Heraklion). An audio guide in 5 languages is available (Greek, English, French, German, Russian) and there is also a café and a boutique.
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