Herakleion Archaeological Museum

In terms of artefacts, this is one of the world’s great museums, though at the time of writing, it’s housed in a temporary building which is far too small to display the richness of Crete’s extraodinary past.

The original museum had displays in 20 rooms, spread out over two floors, which this temporary u-shaped building can’t hope to match. True, all the usual suspects are here, including the famous ‘Phaistos disk’ (see Archaeology/Phaistos), the Aghia Triadha Sargophagus (see Archaeology/Aghia Triadha), wall paintings from Knossos (including the famous ‘La Parisienne’, and rhytons (pouring vessels) from all over the island but it can be too overwhelming an experience, though one not to be missed by anybody visiting Crete’s capital.


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