Cretan House Folklore Museum
Hania’s interesting Folklore Museum contains a selection of crafts including weavings with traditional designs, local paintings, as well...
Greek Orthodox Cathedral
The Greek Orthodox Cathedral Church of Hania is a neoclassical cathedral built to honour the city’s patron saint: the Virgin of the...
Etz Hayyim Synagogue
Crete’s only remaining synagogue (dating from the 15th century) was badly damaged in WWII and reopened in 1999. It sports a mikve ...
Housed in a roofless Venetian building on a small lane accessible only from Kondylaki street in the old town, this popular summer-only...
Built as a soap factory in 1650, Ela has also seen incarnations as a school, distillery and cheese-processing plant and is now a...
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Archaeological Museum information
The setting alone in the beautifully restored 16th-century Venetian Church of San Francisco is reason to visit this fine collection of artefacts from neolithic to Roman times. The museum’s late-Minoan sarcophagi catch the eye as much as a large glass case with an entire herd of clay bulls (used to worship Poseidon). Other standouts include three Roman floor mosaics, Hellenistic gold jewellery, clay tablets with Linear A and Linear B script, and a marble sculpture of Roman emperor Hadrian.
Also particularly impressive are the statue of Diana, and in the pretty courtyard, a marble fountain decorated with lions’ heads, a vestige of the Venetian tradition. A Turkish fountain is a relic from the building’s days as a mosque.
The church itself was a mosque under the Turks, a movie theatre in 1913, and a munitions depot for the Germans during WWII.
If you visit the city’s Byzantine & Post-Byzantine Collection first, that box office sells a joint ticket (adult/child €3/free).