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KOULES - THE CASTLE OF HERAKLION

The Roman fortress and dungeon of Koules -expanded in the 13th century by the Venetians for storage purposes and turned into a prison by the Ottomans- lords over the harbour’s entrance. The site is used today for cultural events. Walk to Agios Markos following the Eastern walls, and marvel at the winged lion statues and the quay’s arched buildings, the Venetian’s shipyards.

AGIOS TITOS - LION FOUNTAIN

Among renovated neoclassical buildings in the heart of the city, you will see the famous Agios Titos –the long-suffering church-mosque with its distinct Byzantine and Ottoman influences– and Eleftherios Venizelos Square, known as “The Lions” with four marble lions adorning the elaborate fountain. Built by the Venetian governor Morozini, the fountain has become the city’s symbol.

THE LOGGIA

Formerly a social club for the Venetian nobility and now the City Hall, the building stands at the end of 25 Avgoustou street, it is perhaps the most elegant example of Venetian architecture in the city.

KOULES - THE CASTLE OF HERAKLION

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The Roman fortress and dungeon of Koules -expanded in the 13th century by the Venetians for storage purposes and turned into a prison by the Ottomans- lords over the harbour’s entrance. The site is used today for cultural events. Walk to Agios Markos following the Eastern walls, and marvel at the winged lion statues and the quay’s arched buildings, the Venetian’s shipyards.


AGIOS TITOS - LION FOUNTAIN

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Among renovated neoclassical buildings in the heart of the city, you will see the famous Agios Titos –the long-suffering church-mosque with its distinct Byzantine and Ottoman influences– and Eleftherios Venizelos Square, known as “The Lions” with four marble lions adorning the elaborate fountain. Built by the Venetian governor Morozini, the fountain has become the city’s symbol.


THE LOGGIA

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Formerly a social club for the Venetian nobility and now the City Hall, the building stands at the end of 25 Avgoustou street, it is perhaps the most elegant example of Venetian architecture in the city.


HERAKLION ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

The museum of Heraklion is one of the most important and richest archaeological museums in Greece. It is housed in a building of 1937, an excellent example of Greek modernist architecture, built on the site of the Catholic Franciscan monastery. In its 20 rooms, the museum houses finds excavated in Crete, relating to its prestigious past, from Neolithic to Roman times, through the important and prosperous Minoan period. Visitors may admire sculptures, clay figurines, superb jewels, astonishing frescoes and remains from various Minoan palaces (especially from the one at Knossos). It hosts a major collection of Minoan antiquities (the goddess of snakes, Minoan frescoes, the Phaistos Disk) and representative samples of all the periods of Cretan prehistory and history.

HISTORICAL MUSEUM

The museum is housed in a beautiful three-storey listed neoclassical building. Exhibiting sculptures, architectural elements, frescoes, icons, documents, historical relics, paintings, handicrafts, portraits, musical instruments and many more, the museum depicts the evolution of Cretan civilisation, from early Christian times to the 20th century.

HERAKLION ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

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The museum of Heraklion is one of the most important and richest archaeological museums in Greece. It is housed in a building of 1937, an excellent example of Greek modernist architecture, built on the site of the Catholic Franciscan monastery. In its 20 rooms, the museum houses finds excavated in Crete, relating to its prestigious past, from Neolithic to Roman times, through the important and prosperous Minoan period. Visitors may admire sculptures, clay figurines, superb jewels, astonishing frescoes and remains from various Minoan palaces (especially from the one at Knossos). It hosts a major collection of Minoan antiquities (the goddess of snakes, Minoan frescoes, the Phaistos Disk) and representative samples of all the periods of Cretan prehistory and history.
Ticket price: adults 4 euro, reduced 2 euro. Integrated ticket (valid also for the archaeological site of Knossos) adults 10 euro, reduced 5 euro
Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday 08:00-20:00 Sunday, Monday, holidays 09:00-16:00


Where
Xanthoudidou and Hatzidakis corner,T:+30 2810279086

HISTORICAL MUSEUM

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The museum is housed in a beautiful three-storey listed neoclassical building. Exhibiting sculptures, architectural elements, frescoes, icons, documents, historical relics, paintings, handicrafts, portraits, musical instruments and many more, the museum depicts the evolution of Cretan civilisation, from early Christian times to the 20th century.
Admission: adults 5 euro, reduced 3 euro. Free admission for children under 12 years of age.
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 09:00-17:00

Where
27, S. Venizelou ave. & 7, L. Kalokairinou, T: +30 2810283219