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War Shelter of Platanias

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 7:45 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 7:45 PM
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Saw this on trip adviser and thought it was worth a look as it was only a few miles away from where... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2018
shirley k
Weaverham, United Kingdom
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The shelter was used in WWII and has 150 m of tunnels build beneath the church and the cemetary... read more

Reviewed 4 November 2018
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Local world war 2 musuem focused on the historical events that occured during the battle of Crete and more. Please note that the museum is now closed for the winter period but can be opened for groups by appointment.
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| below the Church of St Dimitrios, Platanias, Crete 343 00, Greece
+30 693 241 7259
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Reviewed 9 November 2018

Saw this on trip adviser and thought it was worth a look as it was only a few miles away from where we were staying. Run by volunteers it is well worth a visit for anyone interested in the history of world war 2. Plenty...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 4 November 2018

The shelter was used in WWII and has 150 m of tunnels build beneath the church and the cemetary. The entry is free, you can make a donation though to the organization maintaining the shelter. The tunnels include small rooms in which they show e.g....More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank KaisuS9
Reviewed 29 October 2018

Make the trek up the hill to find this place. It's a fascinating selection of artefacts and information about this important part of Crete's history. Allow about an hour and a half for the full experience.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Emma B
kyriakos l, Υπεύθυνος Δημοσίων Σχέσεων at War Shelter of Platanias, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2018

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Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

A very basic place to make a quick 1hr visit. Quite a few artefacts on show and the place has no much amenities in there as it’s being run by volunteers with no entry fees but you can always leave a donation. Kids (5&11year old)...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank sushyyy
Reviewed 11 October 2018

The shelter consists of a set of tunnels dug out of the soft rock, under German supervision during World War 11. Run entirely by volunteers they have pulled together many bits of ephemera left behind. Including weapons and some fantastic photographs, many from the German...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank David B
Reviewed 25 September 2018

For some time we've promised our little boy a visit to the war museum of the famous Battle of Crete in 1941. Located inside an all bomb shelter made up of hardened tunnels, the museum features a wealth of information about one of World War...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank philbo45
Reviewed 24 September 2018

A young museum maintained by volunteers. It documents the local Cretan resistance during World War II and the moving tale of the Battle of Crete (Maleme - Operation Mercury). If you take your time to view the documentary and to read all the photo captions...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank pamilvisions
Reviewed 15 September 2018

Very interesting and moving experience on the Cretan occupation by Germany in WW2. Lots of 1940s exhibits on show and a video account of the occupation and subsequent liberation of the island.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Chiliclub
Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

Amazing. Well worth a visit, it is free to get in with a donantion box, which you should forget to put a few coins into. All the stuff there is real and authentic from WW2. All stuff is there in the open to get up...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Gary187
Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

Almost hidden away at the top of a hill, this war shelter is a definite must-visit. It’s free entry (although there is a donation box), and run by volunteers. An old German war shelter built during the occupation, it is full of fascinating history and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank ChrisH11055
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