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Cretan Lyra Workshop - Museum Stagakis

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Address: 45 Giannari Chatzimichali, Rethymnon, Crete 741 00, Greece
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Phone Number: +30 2831 030831
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 14:00
Tue 18:00 - 21:00
Thu - Fri 18:00 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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Cretan Lyra purchase

A wonderfull World plenty of joy and kindness, thanks to Mr Stagakis Who welcomed and took care of us for a long Time. Very well manufactured instruments, which one of them is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 October 2016
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Marseille, France
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Marseille, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

A wonderfull World plenty of joy and kindness, thanks to Mr Stagakis Who welcomed and took care of us for a long Time. Very well manufactured instruments, which one of them is now standing in Marseille. Special thanks to the Lauto professor who taught us some traditional melodies. Very happy moment! Agnès and Nicolas from Marseille

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Great collection of traditional instruments and wonderful Lyra maker who showed us his workshop and all the unique folk instruments from Crete. We stayed for hours and he let us play everything there, great host, great instruments, a must see if you're in Crete!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

This is one of the nicest places I visited while on Crete. You have the opportunity to learn about the history of traditional Greek-Cretan musical instruments (Lyra/Bouzouki/Baglamas etc) and Manolis the owner is specialized in creating these instruments by hand in his workshop. He is very friendly and likes greeting people that come to his shop. I also bought a... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

Dropped by one day to find a beautiful building filled with quality and integrity. Met Manoli who lives and breathes Cretan music, especially the Lyra. History and craftsmanship is everywhere to be seen in the museum and photo archives. Lyras are being made by him to order daily from the best materials and skills passed down by apprenticeship over three... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016

Manolis and his assistant Stelios were extremely accommodating in every way. They showed me everything there is to know about Cretan music, and the Lyra I bought is an absolute addiction to play even though I am not Greek and I am just starting out on my journey as a Cretan musician. This should be at the top of every... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2015 via mobile

this place is a must visit if you are in the town of rethimno. you don't need to be a musician to appreciate this work of art Manoli Stagaki calls his workplace. once you walk in here you will immediately realize the importance that the name "STAGAKIS" has in Cretan music. this place is not only where Manoli makes his... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2015

I had been in contact with Mr. Stagakis before I visited Crete. I have lived, danced and breathed Cretan music since I was born. Now in my 40's I have decided to learn to play the lyra. Fantastic museum/ workshop, super man and wonderful lyra work of art!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2015

I consider myself very lucky to have had the opportunity to visit the Stagakis workshop. I had heard great things about the Stagakis lyra but never played one. There were several available Lyras for me to try, and I picked the one that I liked most. Manolis is a great guy and you can see that he takes much pride... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2015

This place is the heart of Cretan traditional music. The Cretan Lyra (the lead instrument of Cretan music) owes its current sound and shape to the Stagakis family, as Emmanuel Stagakis' grandfather was the luthier that altered the original "lyraki" instrument into its current form. The Cretan Lyra designed by Stagakis is what 99.9% of musicians have been using since... More 

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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013

This is definitely a place you must visit when coming to Rethymno! It's a shop/museum detailing the history of traditional Cretan music! The shop owner Manoli is friendly and very knowledgable!

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