Historical Archive of Crete (I.A.K.)

The Historical Archive of Crete (I.A.K.) was founded in 1920 and is housed in a neoclassical building in the city of Chania and is a part of the General State Archives.

The Historical Archive of Crete is the biggest of the regional authorities in content, volume and material significance. The purpose and mission is the collection, classification, recording, preservation and promotion of all kinds of archives and artifacts relating to the history of the island.

The Historical Archive of Crete includes:

– Archival Collections

– Folklore Archive of Pavlos Vlastos

– Library

– Archive of Cretan Press

– Photo Gallery

– Museum Department

The archives of the Historical Archive of Crete cover all of Crete and are estimated at about 1,000,000 significant documents from 1821 until today.

The Library of the Historical Archive of Crete includes about 10,000 titles of historical, folklore and other content, old editions, valuable and rare and newer important books, which you cannot borrow.

The Historical Archive of Crete has a large photographic collection of rare photographs and postcards from the late 19th century until today.

Along with the archival material, the central areas of the building house a history and folklore museum with exhibits from various periods of history and struggles of Crete.

Address: 20 Sfakianakis, Chania,

Phone: 00302821052606


e-mail: [email protected] and [email protected]

Opening Hours: 9:00 to 13:00 excluding Saturdays – Sundays and holidays

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