The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion is definitely one of the most important museums in Europe. Most exhibits come from archaeological sites in Crete (from all the periods of Cretan prehistory and history). Beautiful exhibits, fantastic artefacts, some from 5000 BC! There is an exhibition of Greek and Roman statues including statues from the Minoan period. There is also an exhibition of Minoan artefacts. You can see sarcophagi, vases, murals, mosaics, gold jewelry, swords, pottery, mirrors, double axes (the holy symbol of the Minoan period), ivory combs, and other objects. A unique exhibit is the famous disk of Phaistos with signs of hieroglyphic writing and ideograms. Great collection. Just amazing!!!
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