The most magnificent collection of Minoan art and culture
in the world, unique in beauty and completeness is housed in the Museum of Herakleion; One of the largest, most important and most visited museums in Greece, and among the most important in Europe.
The museum's exhibition contains more than 15,000 artefacts, covering a period of 5,000 years, from neolithic era to Graeco Roman period.
The exhibits, collected from excavations carried out in all parts of Crete, come mainly from the prehistoric era (which takes its name from the legendary Cretan king, Minos) and form a valuable record of the artistic, social and economic life of the island during the ancient period.
They include examples of pottery
in a variety of practical yet imaginative
shapes ; stone carving
of exceptional artistry
; seal engraving
- one of the miniature arts at Minoan excelled; miniature sculpture
of great sensitivity; gold work
remarkable for the excellence of its technique and the variety of its subjects ; metalwork
- household utensils, tools, weapons
and sacred axes
, carefully and ingeniously made ; and, finally, frescoes
, which, with their harmoniously drawn figures and colorful compositions, give us an insight into a world characterized by tenderness, vitality, sensitivity and charm, a world which took a simple yet intense joy in life and nature.