Chania Residence of Eleftherios Venizelos

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Location: Halepa

The museum in the Residence of Eleftherios Venizelos is dedicated to the life and work of one of the biggest statesmen in Greek history and it is located in the suburbs of Chania. By visiting the mansion, visitors will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of the life of Venizelos and to learn about the history of modern Greece.

Eleftherios Venizelos spent over 30 years of his life in this house (not to be confused with the birth house). He lived there from 1880 to 1910 and then it was rented out after he moved to Athens due to his political duties. He returned in 1927 to renovate the house and spent shorter time periods residing in it until 1935.

The house was heavily damaged due to vandalism in 1941. During the German occupation period, it was renovated in order to be used by German governors.
It used to belong to descendants of Venizelos family and it has been state property since 2002.

The former residence of Venizelos has been fully restored to its original state from 1880 and the museum of the National Research Foundation "Eleftherios K. Venizelos" was founded in 2012. It has been open since November 2015.
There are 3 floors and 18 exhibition rooms in total, as well as walkable gardens outside the house. The museum's collection consists of photographs, paintings, personal objects and decorative items, as well as antique furniture, handpicked by Venizelos and his wife, which came from Athens or abroad.
The museum has modern facilities and it offers activities for children. The National Research Foundation has undertaken to preserve this historic place and to educate visitors on the history of the modern Greek state. Various temporary exhibitions and events are regularly organized by the Foundation.

A ticket to enter the Residence of Venizelos costs 2€, while discounts are available for students and other special categories of visitors.



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