Heraklion Byzantine Collection

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Also known as the Collection Of Saint Catherine Of Sinai, the Byzantine Collection is a museum housed in the church of Agia Ekaterini, near the church of Agios Minas, in the city of Heraklion. The museum was established in 1920 and its current form dates from 1967. The most recent renovation works took place in 2020.

The museum's collection consists of various ecclesiastical ornaments and religious objects dating back to various historical periods, from the 14th to the 19th century. You will find icons, vestments, rare books, wooden sculptures, fragments from various churches and much more.

The church of Saint Catherine used to be a place of great cultural significance, having functioned as a philosophy and art school during the Venetian period before it was converted into a mosque.

The museum is open Monday to Saturday from 09:30 to 19:30 and on Sundays from 10:30 to 19:30 (May to October). During the rest of the year, the museum closes at 15:30.



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