Places worth going to see at the beautiful town of Heraklion

The first thing which draws the attention of the visitor is the walls. The fortifications of Heraklion are unique with wide walls, deep ditches and big bulwarks, additional fortifications outside the ditches are the bases for large firearms.

Beginning the tour of the town at the old Venetian harbour going in a clockwise direction you will first come to Promachona (fortress wall) Sabionara, Promachona Vittouri, Eleftherias (Liberty) square, Promachona Isou, Promachona Martinengo, Promachona Bethlehem and Promachona Saint Andrea. Following the coastal road and returning to the harbour you will see the fortress/jetty out to sea known as “Koules”. Walking up 25th August Street from the old harbour you will come to the church of St. Titos and a little further up the elegant Venetian Loggia then the Eleftheriou Venizelou square (AKA Lion’s Square) with the famous Morosini fountain and opposite one of the most characteristic monuments of Heraklion the Royal Saint Marcus. As you continue you will come to the big Heraklion market on 1866 street which leads up to Kornaros square and the Bembo spring. Also, close by you will find an Ottoman pavilion, Sembil Hanes.

Other significant springs are Priouliu spring, Delimarkou close to the area Agia Triada and the Idomenea spring close to the history Museum.

In the square of St Katerina, you will find the temple of Saint Minas which will impress with its size, in the same square is the temple of Saint Aikaterini which dates back to the 16th century.

Apart from the Venetian monuments, it is well worth paying a visit to the archaeological museum, one of the most important museums in the country, Freedom square along with Justice road where you will find the Court mansion/palace, police station and the Town Hall. The Grave of the great writer Nikos Kazantzakis in the city’s fortifying walls (Martinengo).

Although Heraklion is renowned for being a town of anarchy with inelegant buildings it has many beautiful areas where you will be able to see old distinguished houses which still give the town the feeling that you are back at the beginning of the 20th century.

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