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The Heraklion Museum

The Heraklion Museum is located several blocks from the port of Heraklion and is easily accessed via tour bus or taxi. The museum is not large but it is very comfortable and the artifacts and art pieces are nicely displayed.
The museum staff is knowledgeable and friendly ... most of the exhibits may be photographed but flash photography is forbidden.
Don't let the size of the museum fool you ... there is plenty to see so don't be in a hurry. There are several sandwich shops and nice restaurants nearby as well as gift shops where you can buy replicas of some of the museum's distinctive artifacts.

Heraklion Museum Entrance

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The prince of Lilies

A beautiful fresco from Knossos known as the Prince of the Lilies. His diadem is decorated with lilies and peacock feathers.
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Clay female figurine

A seated female figurine made of clay.
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Clay tripod vase

A clay tripod vase from the Pre-Palatial Period of Knossos (3200-2600 BCE).
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Alabaster Jug

A small alabaster jug from the Pre-Palatial Period of Mochlos (2500-1800 BCE).
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Clay Bird-Shaped Vase

A clay bird-shaped vase from the Pre-Palatial Period of Koumasa, Mesara (2600-2300 BCE).
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Clay jug in the shape of a gourd

A clay jug in the shape of a gourd from the Pre-Palatial Period of Phaistos (2700-2300 BCE).
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Banquet vessel

A banquet vessel from the Old-Palatial Period of Phaistos (1800-1700 BCE).
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Clay Jug

A clay jug with a chessboard design.
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Clay fruit stand

A clay fruit stand.
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A clay fruit stand, top view

The clay fruit stand, top view.
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Bronze dagger

A bronze dagger.
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Panther shaped scepter handle

A scepter handle made of green schist in the shape of a panther.
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A clay basket-shaped vase

A clay basket-shaped vase decorated with double axes. From Pseira, New-Palace Period (1500-1450 BCE).
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A stone cup

A stone cup, Pseira, New-Palace Period (1600-1500 BCE).
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Assorted artifacts

A collection of stone and clay artifacts dating from 1600-1450 BCE.
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Marbel vessels

A collection of marble vessels dating from 1500-1450 BCE.
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Bull-shaped rhyton

A rhyton (libation cup) in the shape of a bull. Knossos New-Palace Period (1600-1500 BCE).
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Snake-Goddesses

Faience Snake-Goddess figurines, Knossos New-Palace Period (1600 BCE).
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Snake-Goddess

Snake-Goddess (close-up).
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Snake-Goddess

Snake-Goddess (close-up).
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Various faience models

Various faience models, Knossos New-Palace Period (1600 BCE).
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Egyptian alabaster amphora

Egyptian alabaster amphora with an inscription to Tuthmosis III. Katsambas, Final-Palatial Period (1450-1400 BCE).
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Amphora inscription

A close-up of the inscription on the above amphora.

The good god Men-Heper-Re

The son of the sun Tuthmosis

Beautiful in his transformations

Endowed with life forever

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Boar's tusk helmet

Helmet made of boar's tusks, Knossos, Final-Palatial Period (1450-1400 BCE).
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Fresco Fragment

A fragment of the Campstool Fresco showing a woman at a banquet. Knossos, Final-Palatial Period (1400-1350 BCE)
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Fresco of a dancing woman

Fresco of a dancing woman. Knossos, Final-Palatial Period (1400-1350 BCE)
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The Cup Bearer Fresco

The Cup Bearer Fresco. Knossos, New-Palatial Period (1500-1450 BCE)
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Marble statue of a philosopher

A marble statue of (perhaps) the philosopher Apollonius of Tyana. Gortyn, Roman (late second century CE)
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Marble statue of a Nymph

A marble statue of a Nymph holding a bowl. Gortyn, Roman (late second century CE)
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Marble statue of Isis-Persephone and Zeus

Marble statues from the Temple of Isis-Persephone with Zeus-Serapis as Plouto and the hound, Kerberos. Gortyn, Roman (180-190 CE)
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Marble statue of Isis-Persephone

Close-up of the above marble statue of Isis-Persephone.
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Marble statue of Zeus-Serapis as Plouto

Close-up of the above marble statue of Zeus-Serapis as Plouto.
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Marble statue of the three-headed Kerberos

Close-up of the above marble statue of the three-headed Kerberos.
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Bronze figurine of a lyre player

Bronze figurine of a lyre player (900-800 BCE).
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Bronze drum

Bronze drum which might depict Zeus and the Kouretes of the Idaean Cave on Crete. Seventh century BCE
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Clay bull figurine

Clay bull figurine. Phaistos, Post-Palatial Period (1200-1000 BCE)
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The Phaistos Disk

The Phaistos Disk, made of clay and adorned with unknown hieroglyphic symbols on both sides. Phaistos, New-Palatial Period (1600-1450 BCE)
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The Phaistos Disk

The Phaistos Disk, made of clay and adorned with unknown hieroglyphic symbols on both sides. Phaistos, New-Palatial Period (1600-1450 BCE)
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A clay model of a Minoan house

A clay model of a Minoan house.
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Two marble Cycladic figurines

Two marble Cycladic figurines. Pre-Palatial Period (2500-2300 BCE)
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Ivory Cycladic female figurine

Ivory Cycladic female figurine. Pre-Palatial Period (2500-2300 BCE)
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Seated marble Cycladic figurine

Seated marble Cycladic figurine. Pre-Palatial Period (2500-2300 BCE)
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