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Also known as the Collection Of St. Catherine Of Sinai, the Byzantine Collection is a museum housed in the church of Saint Catherine, near the church of Agios Minas, in the city of Heraklion. The museum was established in 1920 and its current form dates to 1967. The most recent renovation works took place in 2020.
The museum's collection consists of various eccelesiastical ornaments and religious objects and the display items date to various historical periods, from the 14th to the 19th century. You will find icons, ecclessiastical clothing, old books, wooden sculptures, fragments from various churches and more.
The church of St. Catherine had always been a place of great cultural importance, having functioned as a philosophy and art school during the Venetian period before it was converted into a mosque until 1922.
The museum is open from Monday to Saturday 09:30-19:30 and on Sundays from 10:30 to 19:30 (May to October). During the rest of the year, the museum closes at 15:30. An entrance ticket costs €2, while children and adolescents up to 18 and visitors with disabilities enter for free.