Historical Monuments


Some attractions of Heraklion are the giant Venetian walls (the largest in the Mediterranean) with the various gates, the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, the Historical Museum of Crete, the Natural History Museum of Crete, etc. 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 on the pedestrian road seaside to the Pancretan Stadium.

Venetian Harbor of Heraklion
Next to the modern port of Heraklion, the visitor can admire the small 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...

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


It is a wood and stone building with a roof in three sections. The main entrance is set back in a recess in the wall. There are eight arched thresholds on the ground floor, with an equal number of pilasters above. The wide variety of architectural features employed includes cornices with cyma moulding, pilasters, capitals of various types and parapets embellished with rosettes.


Italian School of Archaeology

The building at 17 Halbherr Str. during the Ottoman Era was the residence of Mirtza Efendis. It is a two-storey wood and stone building with later additions in reinforced concrete. A high wall marks out the entire property.


Tobacco Cutting Factory (Acrotiriani monastery)

The building operated as a nunnery (Monasterio Greco Madonna Acrotiriani) during the Venetian Era (17th century) and was a dependency of the monastery of Panagia Akrotiriani Toplou by Sitia. A document of 1671 states that the main temple was dedicated to St. John the Theologian, while there was another church dedicated to St. Peter.


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