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The Military Museum of Chromonastiri is located at the central square of the picturesque traditional village of the same name, 10 kilometers outside of Rethymno town and operates since 2010. The museum is hosted in the renowned Villa Claudio, an impressive mansion of Venetian architecture that dates from the 17th century and belonged to the homonymous noble family, while it was restored in recent years.
The building was granted by the locals to the Greek Army in 1997 and is home to military and war-related exhibits that cover a wide chronological range. The items include weapons, uniforms, medals, and military equipment from the Venetian era, the Hellenic Revolution of 1821, the Macedonian Liberation Wars, the World War II etc. while there is also rich photographic material related to the evolution and presence of the Greek military forces to this day. On the outer space, visitors can also admire warplanes and military vehicles while there are frequent periodic exhibitions.
The museum is closed on Mondays. It is also closed on Saturdays as it only accepts groups' visits. From Tuesday to Friday, the museum operates from 9:00 to 15:00 and on Sunday from 10:00 to 14:00. The regular fee is at 3 euros and the reduced one at 1,5 euros.
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