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Heraklion Attractions overview

Heraklion is a modern and lively city steeped in history with numerous archaeological monuments bearing witness to the economic, spiritual and cultural development of past ages. Heraklion consists of the old city locked within the formidable Venetian walls, and the modern part, spreading from without the walls. To tour the old city one can start from the Venetian harbour where yachts and fishing boats now berth or from the Venetian castle of KOULES at the entrance of the old harbour built in the beginning of the fourth century.

The archaeological museum is situated on Eleftheria square (freedom square), attracts world interest and houses treasures of unesteemable value of the Minoan age. During the present time the museum is temporarily closed due to renovations being done. Nevertheless the most significant exhibits are based in a specially reformed hall until renovations are complete. There is no official deadline as to when the museum would be ready.

The historical museum, is another spot for history addicts, housing treasures and artefacts emanating from Christian, Byzantine, Medieval and contemporary age of Crete, including works by the great painter Dominicus Theotokopoulos (El Greko).The Minoan palaces of Knossos, 5 Km south of Heraklion is one of the most important sites in Greece.

Searching for the best Crete holiday deals is definitely a great idea to spend your vacation. Crete has plenty of things to offer to vacationers and travelers who want a fun and exciting getaway by the beach. You and your loved ones will surely have a great time in this stunning island.

Top Heraklion Attractions
The Palace of Knossos

Situated 5km SE of the city of Heraklion is the most important archaelogical site in Crete -  Knossos, the most representative relic of the Minoan civilization.. read more
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is one of the largest and most important museums in Greece, and among the most important museums in Europe.. read more
Venetian Walls

The Venetian walls represent the most formidable project of Venetian rule. They were first built in the 15th century whereas extensions and improvements were carried out during the 16th and 17th centuries.. read more
Transanades (Arsenali)

Along the wharf of of the Venetian harbour the Venetians had constructed shipyards with a series of vaulted roofs each one housing a galley...
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Koules Fortress

Koules in the first years of Venetian rule it served to protect the harbour and city which was of great strategic importance in the region. The initial edifice was low, got destroyed by earthquake in 1303 and repaired... read more
Agios Minas

Is the metropolitan church situated at Agia Ekaterini square. Built during 1862-1895 is one of the most impressive churches as regards size and position...read more
Thalassokosmos aquarium

The aquarium at Heraklion “Thalassokosmos” is about 60 square hectares on the north western coast forming part of the former U.S. military base at Gournes Irakliou... read more
The Loggia

At the edge of the small square of St.Titus is a restored Venetian loggia (arcade) which included the town hall, a rectangular two storey building...
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St. Titus Church

Along, past  the middle of 25th August street, on the left side is the square where St.Titus is located , the protector of the island...
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St. Marks Basilica

St. Marks basilica is also located at Venizelou square and now used as: lecture hall, exhibitions, other cultural events and houses the municipal library too...read more
St. Catherine Church

St Catherine (Agia Ekaterini) is on  Agia Ekaterini square south of Kalokairinou street . It is achurch of Sanaists dating from the 15th century excepting for the door frames of the 17th century...
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Morozini Fountain

This is situated in the centre of Venizelou square, inaugurated by the Venetian administrator Francesco Morozini. Water issues from spouts in the mouths of four lions, dating from the 14th century... read more
The double horns, symbol of the Minoan religion. Knossos Archaeological site.