Archaeological Collection of Ierapetra

The Archaeological Collection of Ierapetra, open since 1986, includesfinds from the whole district of Ierapetra, dating from the Minoan period until the Roman years.

It is housed in a building of 1899, in the town centre, known as the Ottoman School.

The collection is divided into two sections. The first includes pottery from the Prehistoric era to the Roman period, while the second features numerous sculptures found in Ierapetra, dating mainly from the Roman years. Pottery of the Minoan, the Classical and the Roman civilization can also be seen.

A collection of larnakes (decorated clay coffins) of the Minoan years, the decoration on which depicts the care given to the burial of the dead, is considered as unique. The sculpture collection of Ierapetra should not be missed. It includes Roman copies of Classical works of art, which give us insight into the lost originals. Inscriptions of the 2nd century AD, which reveal the relationship between Hierapytna and Gortyn can also be seen.

The collection is quite remarkable, however it is far from complete. Many of the finds were stolen by art collectors in the past and can be spotted today in various museums abroad, while others were destroyed during the German Occupation years. 

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  • location Ierapetra, 71200, Ierapetra, Lasithi
  • museum type Archaeological
  • exhibits Neolithic - Roman Period
  • type Collection
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Visiting hours/info

Daily (except Monday) 08:30 -15:00

Tel.: +30 28420 28721

Price Ticket(€): 2€

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