Taking a stroll through the Park and enjoying some welcome shade
from the heat of the day you will come to the County Courthouse.
Built by the Turks in 1867 during the administration
(1867-1871) of Adhosidis Kostis Pasha.
The park has several play areas for children of all
Including swings, slides, climbing frames
and an outside table tennis. There is also and outside
Gym for those of you that feel like a workout….
The Courthouse & Parks of Neapoli
The building bears the name “Old High School of Neapoli”. It was
built in 1870, during the last period of Ottoman rule in Crete. The
governor (pasha) of the area was Kostis Adosidis, who installed the
capital of the Administration in “Kainourgio Chorio”, after renaming
it Neapoli and designing and building public buildings to house all
This building was originally intended to house a hospital. However,
after the departure of Adosidis in 1874, the local residents made the
decision for it to house the High School instead. From then and
until 1984, that is, for more than a century, it continued to house the
dreams and aspirations of hundreds of young people, who hoped to
improve their lives through their studies. It remained the only High
School in the prefecture of Lassithi until 1916 with great teachers
and graduates given the opportunity to enrol in the University of
Athens without entry examinations. The Old High School of Neapoli
has been designated as a historical monument. It is a single-story,
stone building with a wooden, ceramic-tiled roof. Its floor plan is in
the shape of the Greek letter enclosing an atrium. Around the
atrium is a peristyle that serves as a pathway between the two
parallel legs of the building.
SUMMER OPENING 10-3.00 p.m. (Closed Monday)
Make sure you bring your camera when you visit the Folklore
The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable and will gladly
accompany you around the museum. The collections offer a
great glimpse into Neapoli and the surrounding area.
Visit their website to get information about this little gem of a
The Folklore Museum of Neapoli
The need to preserve the rich local culture, traditions and
customs led to the establishment of a cultural institution
that would henceforth undertake to preserve this cultural
heritage. Thus, a group of active citizens decided to do this
by founding the Cultural and Folk History Society of Apano
Mirabello (ΠΛΕΑΜ – PLEAM) on August 3, 1978 according
to the statute.
Article 2 of the initial PLEAM statute defines its mission
statement as “the conservation and preservation of local,
traditional culture” and Article 3, describes the means by
which to achieve this as “the creation of archival and
museum collections, which will include any object of folk
art, relevant to the customs, beliefs, professional and
agricultural activities of the inhabitants, et cetera (…) for
which the society will provide housing”.
(Cultural and Folk History Society of Apano Mirabello)