Zoniana Wax Statue Museum
The beautiful island of Crete is full of fascinating sights worth visiting. Archaeological sites that showcase Crete’s rich historical background, eye-catching natural spectacles brimming with unique fauna and flora, lacy beaches, there is something for everyone! To better display the island’s historical treasures, museums and exhibitions can be found in every major city, as well as smaller towns and villages that have their own part of history to reveal.
A rather whimsical but highly intriguing museum that artistically illustrates crucial parts of Crete’s history can be found at Zoniana village; the Wax Statue Museum, by Dionysios Potamianos. In a specially designed 1000m2 building, 87 natural sized, handmade wax statues of Cretan historical celebrities are displayed in a background decorated accordingly to the times depicted, to preserve and carry forward the memories of Cretan times past, but not forgotten.
Some of the statues that you will be able to admire in the Zoniana Wax Statue Museum are those of Eleftherios Venizelos, a renowned Cretan politician and seven times elected prime minister of Greece; Vincenzo Kornaros, one of the most important writers of Cretan literature and composer of “Erotokritos”; the world-famous “El-Greco”, Dominikos Theotokopoulos; the writer of “Alexis Zorbas” Nikos Kazantzakis and many others. The statues are arranged in backgrounds carefully decorated according to each person’s actual timeline and lifestyle, creating a lifelike sensation and a unique, almost mesmerizing experience.
The museums depicts some historical parts of everyday life in Venetian times, or the Ottoman Empire times such as the “secret school”, the prisons and dungeons and even torture chambers with admirable simplicity and accuracy that truly make this museum worth visiting and suitable for people of all ages.
Zoniana is a small village, situated in the eastern side of the Rethymno region, approximately 40 klms from Heraklion city and is an interesting excursion during your stay in Galaxy Hotel Iraklio, in the city of Heraklion or at the Galaxy Villas near Chersonissos.
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