Archaeological Museum of Chania

Crete, Greece

Archaeological Museum of Chania

The Archaeological Museum of Chania (Greek: Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Χανίων) is a museum that was located in the former Venetian Monastery of Saint Francis at Chalidon Street, Chania, Crete, Greece. It was established in 1962. In 2020 this location closed and the museum will be relocated to a new building in Halepa with reopening scheduled for June 2021.

The exact date that the building was constructed is unknown although it was mentioned in writing as standing during the great earthquake of 1595 and being the largest in the city. It served as a Venetian church inhabited by Franciscan friars, and became an important monument of the city.

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