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Historical Archive of Crete

Last Update: Nov 2009
Foundation, Monuments of Modern Greece, Cultural heritage, Museum CHANIA , CRETE , GREECE
Regional Office
20, I. Sfakianaki 73134 CHANIA , CRETE , GREECE
Tel.: +30 28210 52606 , Fax: +30 28210 52606
Opening hours:
00Jan - 00Dec Mon-Fri, 0900-1300

Historical Archive of Crete - Overview

  The Historical Archive of Crete was founded in 1920, as a regional department of the General Archives of the State. The Archive is housed in a neoclassical building in Chania, where it maintains its headquarters. Today, the Historical Archive of Crete comprises the largest regional historical Archive of the Country, aiming at the collection, protection and research of archives and relics related to the Cretan history.
  The over 200 archive collections of the Institute include about 1.000.000 public and private documents from 1821 to date. Of particular historical significance are:
• The documents referring to the Cretan revolutions against the Ottoman and Egyptian occupation in the second half of the 19th century until the integration of Crete in the Greek State after the second Balkan War in 1913.
• The private correspondence of leading personalities of the military and political history of Crete.
• The official archives of the Ottoman administration, as well as of the Autonomous Cretan State (1898-1913).
• The archive related to the Second World War, a valuable source for the period of the German occupation and the heroic resistance of the local population.
  Another section comprises the complete record of Cretan Press, which includes rare printed papers, such as the "Vakai Girit" ("The Voice of Crete"), the first newspaper printed on the island in 1831 by the Egyptian authorities. It’ s worth mentioning that the newspaper was printed in both languages, namely Greek and Arabic.
  The archival material is complemented by a rich photographical collection, as well as by a specialized library with approximately 10.000 titles of books, among them some rare editions. A valuable addition is also the folklore archive of Pavlos Vlastos.
  Within the Historical Archive premises is also housed a museum, open to the public, with a significant historical and folklore collection.

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Monuments of Modern Greece

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Modern Greece monuments • Building

Art & culture

Museum • Historical Museum • Folklore
Visiting Information • Free admission • Fixed hours
Museum exhibits • Photos collection • Household items • Historical documents • Books collection
Periods of the exhibits • Post-Byzantine period, 1453-1821 • Modern and contemporary Greece, 1821-today

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