Kazantzakis Museum

Location: Myrtia   

The Museum of Nikos Kazantzakis in Heraklion Crete: The Museum of Nikos Kazantzakis is located in the lovely village of Myrtia (or else Varvari) which is the birthplace of the famous Greek writer and was founded in 1983. Nikos Kazantzakis was one of the most important Greek writers of 20th century and he became globally known after the film Zorba, the Greek based on one of his novels. The museum was founded in need to preserve the work of Nikos Kazantzakis and narrate the life of this Cretan writer through his manuscripts, personal items and letters.

The museum is housed in two buildings where one serves as the main exhibition area and the other hosts the administrative offices of the institution. Both buildings are located in the central square of Myrtia. The museum dedicated to Niko Kazantzakis was founded on the initiative of Giorgos Anemoyannis, a stage-designer who also originated from the village of Myrtia, in Heraklion. His deep desire to create a personal museum for the writer, led him to demolish his abandoned house and built a modern building.

It is worth mentioned that the exhibits of this museum were donated by friends and family of Nikos Kazantzakis, including manuscripts, personal letters, rare photographs, first editions of his books and a full archive. Through this valuable collection, the museum aims to present the life and work of the famous Greek writer and also focus on the impact of Kazantakis in the modern world literature. The museum was officially established in 1983 and recently it was renovated.

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