Wood Carving Museum at


Wood Carving Museum at Axos
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At Axos village, at the foot of Psiloritis mount we meet the two storey exhibition with more than a hundred sculptures, handmade works of art, all made from a hammer and a chisel. The most important figures are The lyre player, The Cretan Man, Grandpa and Grandma, Going to Fields, representations of nature (The eagle and the Serpent , the Cretan ibex), some religious subjects (Saint George Diskouriou, the Dance of Isaiah, the Farewell, social subjects (Patient) or mythology (the little Mermaid), etc.

Visitors have the opportunity to have a private tour by the artist Georgios Koutantos at the Museum and in his workshop and meet the aesthetic and artistic spirit, while knowing traditional (traditional occupations of Crete and in Greece), past (for example marking of the animals), sociological (family structure, position of two sexes), historical aspects (trees from the monasteries of Arkadi and Vossakos with bullets from the Greek revolutions against the Turks), etc.

The dimensions of the sculptures are real- sized and some of them are presented in a larger format. The woods were collected from all over the island, especially dead trees or uprooted by natural disasters.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Rethymnon Prefecture
  • Type: Museum
  • Accessibility: Paved road
  • Opening Hours: Summer: Monday - Sunday 9:00 – 20:00, Winter: Monday - Sunday 9:00 – 18:00
  • Entrance Fee (€): 3€, Adults 5€, Group visits after arrangements (and better prices)
  • Website: www.woodenmuseum.gr
  • e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Phone: +30 6937691387

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