Historical Monuments

Heraklion

Some attractions of Heraklion are the giant Venetian walls (the largest in the Mediterranean) with the various gates, the Archaeological Museum, the History Museum, the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Battle of Crete. Moreover, in the historic center it is worth visiting Loggia, the square with the Fountain of Lions, the Street August 25, the central market, the Basilica of San Marco, the churches of Saint Titos, Saint Minas, Saint Catherine, Saint Peter and the Venetian Harbour with the imposing seaside fortress of Koules. Lastly, in the evening you can stroll or cycle in the pedestrian road seaside to the Pancretan Stadium.

Venetian Harbor of Heraklion
Next to the modern port of Heraklion, the visitor can admire thesmall picturesque Venetian harbor, currently serving as a marina with the impressive fortress of Koules that once protected its entrance. The 2km long jetty of the modern port starts here and is one of the favorite walk tours of the citizens. Opposite Koules, at the point where there is now the café Marina,until the early 20th century a smaller fort was built to protect the other side of the entrance, called Small...
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Heraklion Fountains
During the Venetian Era, within the Walls of Candia there were several wells, but the lack of running drinking water was one of the major problems of the city. The Venetian General Provisioner Francesco Morosini managed to give a definitive end to this problem by building a huge water supply system which brought water from the springs of Archanes and Skalani in the heart of the city, in today's Lions Square. After the conquest of Crete by the Ottomans, they built many fountains...
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The Venetian Loggia of Candia

The Venetians used to build a luxurious building in each of their cities, where the nobles could pleasantly spend their time and socialize. In Candia, they built the Loggia (meaning Noble Club) which is now met on the August 25 street.

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Nikos Kazantzakis Grave

The grave of the important Cretan writer Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1957) is located at the highest point of the Walls of Heraklion, the Martinengo Bastion, with panoramic views to the ugly, but also historical, concrete jungle of Heraklion.

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Fytakis Megaron

Revolutionary in its time, this was the first multi-storey building to appear in Heraklion and the first apartment block to be equipped with a lift. It was built between the years 1926-1930.

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Bodosakis School

The Bodosakis School was built in the 1930s with a donation of 1919 by the Greek manufacturer from Minor Asia Prodromos Athanasiadis (his name Prodromos in Turkish is Bodossakis. The building now houses the 2nd Primary School of Heraklion.

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Bon Marché

The building at 8 Agiou Mina Str was a drapery shop owned by Hussein Muharem Litsardakis. Built of stone and wood with a tiled timbered roof, it was erected in the closing years of Ottoman rule and inaugurated in 1892.

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Behi-Sekeria House

It is a characteristic example of the Balkan architecture with clear neoclassical influence. The size, the structure of the rooms, the variety of the forms of the other parts and the high aesthetic conception establish the building unique in Heraklion.

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Tsahakis House

This house is one of the most elegant examples of the late 'romantic' Neoclassicism. It was built in the first decade of the 20th century by the architect D. Kyriakou, probably influenced by the bilding of Stathatos at Queen Olga avenue, Athens (architect Ernst Ziller).

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Chronakis House

The house of John Chronakis is a beautiful Ottoman house in the center of Heraklion, which belonged to the Bey Rasih Asprakis. It was restored in 1991 and houses various art objects. Apart from the exhibits, the visitor can see the hammam, the indoor fountain, the murals, the woodwork and rich decorations of ceilings of this excellent sample of Ottoman mansion.

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