Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, Crete
Heraklion Museums - The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, Crete, is a must-see destination for history buffs in Greece and Europe. Boasting an extensive collection of artifacts from almost every period of Cretan history, this museum showcases unique examples of ancient art, including many world-renowned masterpieces. With a focus on the Minoan culture, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum is the largest museum of its kind in the world. Located in the heart of Heraklion, the museum was constructed by architect Karantinosa Patroclos between 1937 and 1940, on the site of the former Roman Catholic Church of St. Francis, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1856. The two-story building features spacious exhibition areas, living rooms, laboratories, libraries, and offices, as well as a specialized department for the scientific study of archaeological finds. Don't forget to browse the museum shop, which offers a variety of ancient book copies, souvenirs, and postcards. Visitors can also enjoy a bite to eat at the on-site cafe. Plan your visit to the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, Crete, today.
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