The historical Museum was founded in the year 1953 by the society of Cretan historical studies. The museum is housed in a neoclassical building that was donated from a famous Cretan citizen to the society of Cretan historical studies in order to become a museum.
The museum has a large and interesting collection that covers the history of Crete from around the 4th century AD up to world war II.
The museum’s exhibits are ordered chronologically. Amongst other interesting exibits they include old coins, wall paintings, ceramics, sculptures, jewelery, icons, ritual objects, manuscripts, heirlooms and even the reconstructed interior of a traditional Cretan house.
Perhaps the museum’s finest exhibits are two paintings by the famous Cretan painter Doménikos Theotokópoulos (El Greco). The paintings are, the Baptism of Christ (1567) and the view of mount Sinai (1570 – 1572).
Another very interesting collection of the museum is the Nikos Kazantzakis collection, that features the study and the library from the author’s house in France, and also personal items, manuscripts of his works, first editions of his books in various languages and many more.
Also the museum library collection features rare book editions and photographic material. For more information visit the website of the museum historical-museum.gr
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