The Archaeological Collection of Ierapetra started its opetation in the late 19th century in Ierapetra, when its antiquities-loving residents founded the Educational Association of Ierapetra. The purpose of the club was to gather and preserve the region’s antiquities, as well as to create a museum collection.
The museum is housed today in the landmark building of the Ottoman School or Mehtepi, which was built in 1899 and hosts the objects that survived from damage and looting (dating back from the 3rd millennium BC to the 5th c. AD.)
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