Some months ago, I traveled to the island of Crete for business. I stayed there for a week, in the beautiful city of Heraklion and I decided in my spare time, to visit the Archaeological Museum, which is one of the most important museums in Europe, in my opinion.
The Archaeological Museum has several halls, where many and important exhibits are displayed, and definitely someone needs several hours to see and understand the story of all of them.
Moving from hall to hall, I saw the famous exhibits of the Minoan Civilization, and I was mentally moved in the years of antiquity when the famous King Minoas was the governor. I felt be present at those times, when the mythical Minotaur (mythical creature with human body and bull’s head and tail) was imprisoned in an elaborate labyrinth, in order to prevent him attack the citizens. I was moved in the years when the inhabitants of Crete had developed a great culture, with great architecture and artistry!
All this great history, measuring 5.500 years, from the Neolithic to the Roman era, is live in front of the visitor’s eyes, through the collections of the archaeological museum of Crete.
The Museum is located in the center of the city of Heraklion. It is one of the largest museums in Greece and in my opinion it has global value and importance, due to the great historical value of its exhibits.
As I said, the Museum covers a very long historical period of five and a half thousand years. Of course, the most famous exhibits are those that correspond to the Minoan period.
The building that houses the museum, is located in the heart of the city of Heraklion. It was built in 1937. In the same location, it was formerly the Venetian monastery of Saint Francis, destroyed by an earthquake in 1956.
The visitor should have a full morning at his disposal, in order to visit the museum due to the importance of all its exhibits. It is best to visit it with a licensed tour guide. In this case you will have the chance, not only to see the exhibits, but also to learn some things about the history of the place.
You will take a look at the findings that came in the sun from caves, palaces, houses and graves, and you will be impressed by their value of artistry and usability.
My visit lasted several hours. I walked around not only to see the interesting and rare exhibits, but also to learn through them, valuable historical information about the area.
You can see some of these exhibits through some of my photos, but no photo can describe the emotion that we feel when we see objects dating back thousands of years and when we understand that some ancient people created and used them!