Fodor's Expert Review Museum of Ancient Eleutherna

Rethymnon Museum/Gallery
In the foothills of Mt. Ida, Eleutherna was founded in the 9th century BC. It was one of the most important ancient cities, even minting its own coins. At a natural crossroad between Knossos to the east and Cydonia to the northwest, it controlled the ports of Stavromenos and Panormos and was near to the sacred cave of Idaion Andron, another one of the alleged birthplaces of Zeus. An archaeological-site museum was opened in 2016 in a modern building and it has been designed to be updated as new discoveries and finds are made. Housing objects from prehistoric through to Byzantine eras, the current collection spans 3000 BC to AD 1300, presented in a multimedia fashion. The archaeological site itself is accessible on rough stone paths with two large canopies covering the most important excavations. The Orthi Petra cemetery includes a funeral pyre for a warrior from 730–710 BC, and corroborates Homer's description in The Iliad of a similar burial. Elsewhere, roads, villas,... READ MORE
In the foothills of Mt. Ida, Eleutherna was founded in the 9th century BC. It was one of the most important ancient cities, even minting its own coins. At a natural crossroad between Knossos to the east and Cydonia to the northwest, it controlled the ports of Stavromenos and Panormos and was near to the sacred cave of Idaion Andron, another one of the alleged birthplaces of Zeus. An archaeological-site museum was opened in 2016 in a modern building and it has been designed to be updated as new discoveries and finds are made. Housing objects from prehistoric through to Byzantine eras, the current collection spans 3000 BC to AD 1300, presented in a multimedia fashion. The archaeological site itself is accessible on rough stone paths with two large canopies covering the most important excavations. The Orthi Petra cemetery includes a funeral pyre for a warrior from 730–710 BC, and corroborates Homer's description in The Iliad of a similar burial. Elsewhere, roads, villas, public buildings, baths, and cisterns are to be seen, along with magnificent views of the countryside. READ LESS
Museum/Gallery Archaeological Site/Ruins Historical

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Eleutherna Mylopotamou
Rethymnon, Crete  74052, Greece

28340-92501

www.mae.com.gr

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Rate Includes: €4, Closed Mon

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