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Address: Myrtia, Crete 70100, Greece
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+30 281 074 1689
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Sun 10:00 - 15:00

Kazantzakis Museum pays tribute to the important intellectual, author,...

Kazantzakis Museum pays tribute to the important intellectual, author, thinker, philosopher, politician and traveler Nikos Kazantzakis.

The Museum holds manuscripts and notes by the author; samples of his correspondence with major thinkers, politicians and authors of his time; first editions of his works in Greek and other languages; rare photographic material; souvenirs from his travels; personal effects; models, costumes and other material from theatre productions of his works in Greece and abroad; portraits and sculptures of the author; dozens of foreign-language editions of his works from all over the world, all a legacy that brings alive the memory of Nikos Kazatzakis and promotes his work and personality.

The Nikos Kazantzakis Museum has quite literally become a site of worldwide intellectual pilgrimage. Every day, visitors arrive from all four corners of the globe, bearing witness to the lasting relevancy of the word expressed by the great Cretan, universal author and thinker.

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The museum is very well designed and the entrance fee is low. It is definitely worth visiting. Myrtia is a picturesque village, one of the nicest on Crete. Absolutely recommended... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2017
Heraklion, Greece
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Heraklion, Greece
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

The museum is very well designed and the entrance fee is low. It is definitely worth visiting. Myrtia is a picturesque village, one of the nicest on Crete. Absolutely recommended for a visit, especially during the summer festival dedicated to Kazantzakis!!!

Thank 12katerina
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Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Amazing! Good price to get in and such a cool museum the way it's set out! Easier if you've hired a car not hard to find the place! an amazing man. You need to visit this

Thank Sugatiits
Fredrikstad Municipality, Norway
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Reviewed 6 August 2016

This time in Crete I wanted to visit the museum of one of my favourite writers and was curious to see how Kazantzakis' life and writing would be presented in this little village of Myrtia, south of Heraklion. I found a most interesting and modern museum and information center, with a well-informed staff, good exhibitions and a video presentation of... More 

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Heraklion, Greece
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Reviewed 17 July 2016

Once you visit Crete, this magic spot of the world, try to include among the places to visit MYRTIA, a traditional village 16 km south of Heraklion, that displays characteristic samples of Cretan architecture. The older name of this village was Varvaroi and goes all the way back to the Venetian rule. Myrtia is also the birth place of Nikos... More 

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Metulla, Israel
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Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

The museum is exhibiting the life and writing of this great man and writer in an impressive and interesting means. There is even a documentary in various languages. The staff was very kind and helpfull. Very recommended...

Thank Shraga S
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Reviewed 28 April 2016

Nikos Kazantzakis is one of the most important writers of Greece. In this well designed museum you can take a taste of his life, experiences and historical influences that made up his character. I think that I understood quite better his works after that visit. Worth to visit and absolutely take the audio guide.

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Reviewed 3 February 2016

This was a well designed museum, exhibiting Kazantzakis' whole life in literary. To get most out of our tour we took advantage of the audio guide. For me, one of the most surprising things revealed in the museum was the correspondence between Kazantzakis and Einstein.

Thank Engin E
Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 23 August 2015 via mobile

Although one would expect to find this museum in Heraklio itself it's actually up in the mountain (about 2 1/2 hr drive) but still in the prefecture of Heraklion. In village of Varvari - birthplace of Kazantzakis, It was the original family home right in centre of village - easy to find. The village is very pretty-cobbled narrow stone streets... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 August 2015

We made a point of visiting this musuem to find out more about Nikos Kazantzakis who is a national lterary figurehead. Lots of interesting information provided at this well-maintained museum in the village of Myrtia which is about 30 minutes away from Knossos. Museum staff were attentive and discrete and the buildings are very modern.

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Floda Sweden
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Reviewed 16 September 2014 via mobile

We came here by chance after we actually tried to visit the Crete war museum in nearby Episkopi. The museum in Episkopi was closed so a short drive later we arrived to this hidden gem. The building itself is really beautiful and the inside of the museum is perfect in size. Those working in the museum are friendly and helpful.... More 

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