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Archaeological Museum of Chania

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February 26, 2020
In the heart of the city center of Chania, you will find this museum. You will have the opportunity to admire our great history! Contact with them, for the price of the tickets and the working hours.
May 3, 2019
The history of Chania starts 4000 years back in the time of the Minoan civilization !
April 16, 2019
Chania's history dates back millennia to somewhere around 2200 BC, when the Minoans founded the ancient city-state of Kydonia on this same spot. Housed in the Gothic Church of San Francesco, a light and airy vaulted space (built by the Venetians and later used as a mosque by Turks), this museum…
February 25, 2019
The Archaeological Museum of Chania is housed in the monastery of St. Francis – an impressive building from an architectural point of view. The museum accommodates a wide collection of antiquities, with exhibits from the Neolithic Age to the Roman years. The gallery also features Minoan finds from…
November 8, 2018
The Archaeological Collection of Chania has been housed in various public buildings (the Residency, the Boys’ High School, the Hassan Mosque). Since 1963 it has been housed, albeit temporarily, in the Venetian church of St Francis which once belonged to the Franciscan monks, an important monument of…

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“21 Halidon Street, Chania Venetian Harbour At the entrance of the port of Chania is situated the Venetian Fortress Firkas, where on December 1st 1913, the Greek flag has been hoisted, sealing the union of Crete with the motherland Greece. The Maritime Museum of Crete was founded in 1973 in order to accommodate and present Greek naval traditions, and especially those of Crete, which they constitute a part of the national glory. The Museum is the second maritime one in antiquity in Greece, after the Maritime Museum of Greece in Piraeus. The exhibition is divided into 13 sections and covers two floors. Downstairs documents are exposed by the Union of Crete with Greece in 1913, while the first floor is dedicated to the Second World War to the present day and to the Battle of Crete. The permanent exhibition includes 2,500 exhibits such as relics, objects found in sea, paintings, maps, photographs, ship models, various nautical instruments etc. Among the important exhibits of the museum is the room with the shells of all sizes and colors, the model of an Athenian trireme, the representation of the board of the ship of "Syros" that was designed by pictorial depictions on vases of that era, dioramas of the Persian Wars and the Peloponnesian War, models of ships that took part against the Turks, a model of the first submarine named "Dolphin" and more. Do not forget to see the docks of the Venetian harbor, the representation of the Minoan ship "Minoa" of 16th-15th century BC that was launched in December 2003 and in 2004 made its maiden trip from Chania to Piraeus, accompanying the Olympic flame that was moved by the Athenian Trireme in the last part of the route, and boating events and celebrations of Naval Week. ”
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“The graves of Venizelos are located in a very historic location of Chania, next to the Venetian church of Prophet Elias at position Froudia with panoramic views to Chania. The temple was originally dedicated to the Prophet Elisha, while in the 16th century the nave of the Prophet Elijah was added. The history of space is really dramatic and is surely worth knowing. During the last Cretan revolution of 1897 against the Turks, the Revolutionary Camp of Cretans camped at this place. In morning of February 9, 1897 fights between the Turks and the Cretans started and the latter hoisted the Greek flag at Froudia. Eleftherios Venizelos, later Prime Minister of Greece, in the meanwhile tried to negotiate with the heads of the Great Powers (Russia, Italy, Britain), who did not want the autonomy of Crete. At noon of the same day, the Italian and the Russian fleet bombarded Froudia, where the Greek flag waived. The bullets hit the flagpole and it fell to the ground. Then, the Cretan hero Spyros Kayaledakis or Kayalès, within a rain of bullets, grabbed the flag and raised it, making his body a flagpole. After a while the machine guns silenced. This symbolic event is represented on the statue of Kayalès that we see at the place of the Tombs. During the bombardment of the hill by the Great Powers, the temple of Prophet Elijah was destroyed. It was later restored by the Russians, who felt that the explosion of a cannon on the Russian flagship, was the punishment of the Prophet Elias for the destruction of the temple. At the area next to the temple the ethnarch Eleftherios Venizelos and his son Sophocles Venizelos , who also became a Prime Minister of Greece, were burried. On the tomb of Venizelos we read the funeral speech, written by himself, in 1932. This reads as following: Dear friends, the dead here was a true man with courage and confidence, for him and the people that he was called to govern. Perhaps he made mistekes, but he never missed the courage, he was never a fatalist and never waited the fate so as to see his country in good condition, but he served this country with every possible mean, dedicated soul and body. ”
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“The old harbor of Chania is an amazing place any time of the day. You can enjoy your walk or have a breakfast, a meal, a coffee or a drink. ”
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“Enjoy a coffee or drink there in the morning or especially during sunset. On the list of things you must do in Chania. ”
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28 Chalidon
Chania, 731 32
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