It celebrates the mannerist painter El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos, 1541–1614), who grew up in the village. The museum is located around 1km from the centre of Fodele opposite a chapel and contains copies of works by and documents associated with El Greco. The original building was in a ruinous state but was restored from 1982 onwards through a grant by the Greek Ministry of Culture. The museum opened to the public in 1998. The village of Fodele is claimed as the birthplace of El Greco, but this is disputed. The museum claims to be where El Greco was born. The Historical Museum of Crete in Heraklion not far away includes two original works by El Greco, the only original works by the artist in Crete.
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