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Potamianos Museum of Waxen Images


The Potamianos museum of waxen images presents its exhibits in Zoniana, Milopotamos.

This mountainous village is located in 630 metres altimeter in the north foot of the Psiloriti mountain, 43 kilometres away from Iraklion and 52 kilometres away from Rethymno.

hours of operation

Daily from 10:00 to 19:00
(including weekends)


Zoniana, Rethymnon 74051


What you will see in
Our Museum

Nikos Kazantzakis

Dominikos Theotokopoulos

Eleftherios Venizelos

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The Museum

The visitor has the change to see the waxen images of Theotokopoulos (El Greco), Kazantzakis, Vintzetzos Kornaros e.t.c.

We have many reports on the, mythology of the island with the images of Minoas, Theseus, Ariadnes, where the interest is focused on historical facts from Byzantium and Venetocracy to the holocaust of Arkadi and the interesting image of Eleftherios Venizelos.

This historical trip in combination with the natural beauty in all the seasons of the year and the hospitable spirit of the villagers, make the visit to Zoniana an unforgettable experience.


The village is known for its natural beauties  and for the Sfentoni cave, whitch is located at the beginning of the village, 600 metres after the cave, Zoniana village presents exhibits from Cretan history.

Potamianos museum presents 87 waxen images in 14 representations, in an area of 700 square metres.

Dionysis Potamianos

The Potamianos was born to Athens and with his wife created the wax dummies that they placed at the Museum. He loves the Crete island  and he wanted to teach the next generations the Crete history so, for this reason created the museum. The respectable artist has been working  endlessly for 25 years.

Museum education

Traditionally museums are charitable institutions that exhibit objects depicting the site’s historical course, traditions, and customs. The main role of the museum is to study, collect and exhibit works, but also to familiarize the lessons with the past and history. The museum enhances learning and the student’s ability to learn and understand and simultaneously offers a form of experiential learning that has inspired the simplification of thinking and knowledge. The history of Crete, unfolds in the eyes of the visitor and comes to life in the contemporary present. The students are sure to remember the history of Crete and feel proud of their ancestors after the visit.

The excursion can be combined with a visit to the sfentoni cave, 1km from the museum, and with a visit to the traditional anogia.


Learn History

Learn more about Eleftherios Venizelos

Learn more about Eleftherios Venizelos

Eleftherios Kyriakou Venizelos (Greek: Ελευθέριος Κυριάκου Βενιζέλος, romanized: Elefthérios Kyriákou Venizélos, 23 August [O.S. 11 August] 1864 – 18 March 1936) was a Greek statesman and a prominent leader of the Greek national liberation movement. He is noted for...

Learn more about El Greco

Learn more about El Greco

Doménikos Theotokópoulos (Greek: Δομήνικος Θεοτοκόπουλος  1 October 1541 – 7 April 1614), most widely known as El Greco ("The Greek"), was a Greek painter, sculptor and architect of the Spanish Renaissance. "El Greco" was a nickname, and the artist normally signed his...

Learn about Nikos Kazantzakis

Learn about Nikos Kazantzakis

Nikos Kazantzakis (Greek: Νίκος Καζαντζάκης 2 March (OS 18 February) 1883 – 26 October 1957) was a Greek writer. Widely considered a giant of modern Greek literature, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in nine different years. Kazantzakis' novels...

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