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Great weather, beautiful waters and awash with antiquity, it’s no wonder Greece is the destination of choice for a multitude of holidaymakers every year. And with so much to see it’s hard to know where to begin – which is exactly why we thought we’d lend an overly-charitable helping hand wit h our sparkling list of the Top 10 tourist attractions in Greece.

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Great weather, beautiful waters and awash with antiquity, it’s no wonder Greece is the destination of choice for a multitude of holidaymakers every year. And with so much to see it’s hard to know where to begin – which is exactly why we thought we’d lend an overly-charitable helping hand with our sparkling list of the Top 10 tourist attractions in Greece.

Acropolis Museum

Until the 17th century, the Acropolis survived largely intact but since then a gunpowder accident, a Venetian bombing and tourists have taken their toll. After the creation of th

e Greek State, it was decided that a museum was needed to protect the heritage of Ancient Greece. The first museum was begun up on the Acropolis in 1865 but it quickly became inadequate. Finally, in 2007, the new 25,000 square meter (6.2 acre) museum near the base of the Acropolis opened.

Today the Acropolis Museum (Museo Akropoleos) houses original pieces from the temples of the Acropolis, protecting them from further deterioration, while also giving their historical context. In the Parthenon Gallery, the famous marble frieze is recreated with both original marbles and casts of those pieces held elsewhere, such as the Elgin Marbles in the British Museum.

Historical Museum of Crete

The Historical Museum of Crete collects and preserves valuable archaeological, ethnographic and historical material from Crete’s more recent past.

The A.G. Kalokerinos Room features a 4 x 4 meter model of the city of Chandax (Heraklion) in the mid-17th century, at the peak of its power in Venetian times. The Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Collection offers a fascinating display of art via frescoes, costumes, liturgical vessels, and jewelry. Don’t miss the two only El Greco paintings in Crete - View of Mt Sinai and the Monastery of St Catherine (1570) and the newer addition, Baptism of Christ.

Modern and contemporary Cretan history is divided into four chronological phases and permanent exhibitions, including Turkish Rule, the Union of Crete with Greece, Interwar Years, and World War II. There are a variety of materials on display such as flags, banners, weapons, furniture, uniforms, and paintings. You can also interact with some of the exhibits through audiovisual means. Other rooms contain fragments of 13th and 14th-century frescoes, coins, jewelry, liturgical ornaments and vestments, and medieval pottery.

Spinalonga

For centuries the island of Spinalonga has been known for its Venetian fortress, and more recently it was the setting for the 2005 novel 'The Island' by Victoria Hislop.

The now-abandoned island is the perfect place to lose yourself for half a day. You’ll discover how the island was once part of the mainland, and was created by the Venetians to protect the Gulf of Mirabella. You’ll also see where salt was harvested by the Venetians, but the main attraction and dominating landmark is the fort.

 

The Venetian fortress was built in 1579, and over the years it’s been used as a Turkish bastion and leper colony. Built to watch over the neighboring mainland port of Elounda, the massive fort is surrounded by a circular walk passing ruined churches, homes, fortified structures and turreted walls.

Along the shore there are sheltered pebbled beaches for paddling, but that’s about it when it comes to facilities. There’s a small snack bar but no accommodation, so the island is a destination for day trips only.

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