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Cretan lyre

Cretan lyre, Mediterranean instrument.

Cretan lyre, Mediterranean instrument.

The music of Crete is one of the oldest folk music styles in the world, and a bridge between Eastern and Western music. The lyre is a stringed instrument played with a bow that has barely changed since Byzantine times.

The Cretan lyre is the instrument that plays the characteristic folk tunes of the island; an instrument that unites different coastlines in the Mediterranean.

The Cretan lyre, despite the name, is not related to the lyre from Ancient Greece.


13. Cretan lyre

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