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  • 1. Firka

    Museum/Gallery

    Just across the narrow channel from the lighthouse, where a chain was connected in times of peril to close the harbor, is the old Turkish prison...Read More

  • 2. Heraklion Archaeological Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Standing in a class of its own, this museum guards practically all of the Minoan treasures uncovered in the legendary excavations of the Palace...Read More

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  • 3. Historical Museum of Crete

    Museum/Gallery

    An imposing mansion houses a varied collection of Early Christian and Byzantine sculptures, Venetian and Ottoman stonework, artifacts of war...Read More

  • 4. Palace of Knossos

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    This most amazing of archaeological sites once lay hidden beneath a huge mound hemmed in by low hills. Heinrich Schliemann, father of archaeology...Read More

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  • 5. Palace of Phaistos

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The Palace of Phaistos was built around 1900 BC and rebuilt after a disastrous earthquake around 1650 BC. It was burned and abandoned in the...Read More

  • 6. Archaeological Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Here's even more evidence of just how long Crete has cradled civilizations: a collection of bone tools from a Neolithic site at Gerani (west...Read More

  • 7. Archaeological Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The former Venetian church of St. Francis, surrounding a lovely garden in the shadow of the Venetian walls, displays artifacts from all over...Read More

  • 8. Arkadi Monastery

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A place of pilgrimage for many Cretans, Moni Arkadi is also one of the most stunning pieces of Renaissance architecture on the island. The ornate...Read More

  • 9. Ayia Aikaterina

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Nestled in the shadow of the Ayios Minas cathedral is one of Crete's most attractive small churches, named for St. Katherine and built in 1555...Read More

  • 10. Ayia Triada

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Another Minoan settlement was destroyed at the same time as Phaistos, which is only a few miles away on the other side of the same hill. Ayia...Read More

  • 11. Ayia Triada

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Lands at the northeast corner of the Akrotiri Peninsula, which extends into the sea from the east side of Chania, are the holdings of several...Read More

  • 12. Ayios Markos

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 13th-century church is named for Venice's patron saint, but, with its modern portico and narrow interior, it bears little resemblance to...Read More

  • 13. Ayios Minas

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This huge, lofty cathedral, dating from 1895, can hold up to 8,000 worshippers, but is most lively on November 11, when Heraklion celebrates...Read More

  • 14. Ayios Titos

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A chapel to the left of the entrance contains St. Tito's skull, set in a silver-and-gilt reliquary. Titus is credited with converting the islanders...Read More

  • 15. Balos

    Beach–Sight

    You already know this beach from every postcard stand in Greece. Seemingly transported from the South Seas, an islet sits dramatically amid...Read More

  • 16. Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Collection of Chania

    Museum/Gallery

    You'll get some insight into the Venetian occupation and the Christian centuries that preceded it at this small museum housed in the charming...Read More

  • 17. Cave of Psychro

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    This impressive, stalactite-rich cavern is one of a few places in Crete that claim to be the birthplace of Zeus, king of the gods, and where...Read More

  • 18. Cretan House

    Museum/Gallery

    Chania's colorful folklife museum is bursting at the seams with farm equipment, tools, household items, wedding garb, and a wealth of other...Read More

  • 19. Cretan Traditional Folklore Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    An old village house in Ayios Georgios stands as it was when generations of farmers lived here. The living quarters and stables, along with...Read More

  • 20. Elafonissi

    Beach–Sight

    A peninsula on the western end of the island, about 75 km (45 miles) west of Chania, extends into turquoise waters, with a lagoon on one side...Read More

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