The perfect choice to get to know the history of Crete is a tour in Heraklion! Heraklion is the largest urban centre in Crete. The capital of the region and the economic centre of the island. Is a very dynamic and cosmopolitan town, particularly during the summer period. Thousands of visitors can be seen shopping in the market or visiting the museums and other places of interest. During the last 20 years, the city has made also remarkable progress in the academic and technological fields.
Heraklion today, as a modern town, has extensive facilities that can cover all the needs of its visitors. There are a lot of hotels, ranging from Luxury classes to small rooms and youth hostels, operating all year round. Most of them are located in the old town.
Coming to Heraklion for the first time, the visitor may be somewhat surprised by the changes that are taking place in Crete’s capital city.
With that tour in Heraklion, you will get to know the rich history of Crete and its capital, moving onward to a future full of potential.
That tour in Heraklion will amaze you! It’s proper for everyone. You will admire and learn a lot about the history of Crete.
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The center of Minoan civilization and capital of Minoan Crete lay 5km south of Heraklion. The Minoan palace is the main site of interest at Knossos, an important city in antiquity, which was inhabited continuously from the Neolithic period until the 5th c. AD. The palace was built on the Kephala hill and had easy access to the sea and the Cretan interior. According to tradition, it was the seat of the wise king Minos. The Palace of Knossos is connected with thrilling legends, such as the myth of the Labyrinth, with the Minotaur, and the story of Daidalos and Ikaros.
The Herakleion Archaeological Museum is one of the largest and most important museums in Greece, and among the most important museums in Europe. It houses representative artefacts from all the periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering a chronological span of over 5,500 years from the Neolithic period to Roman times.
Koules is the name of the sea fortress built by the Venetians in Heraklion. It is located at the entrance of the Venetian port, to protect the port of Heraklion and together with the Castle of Paleokastro the bay of Ammoudara, from the invasions and landings of other conquerors. It is also known as Castello del Molo, Rocca a Mare, Castello a Mare, Castilla di Candia or Castel di Candia.
Agios Minas is the patron saint (patron saint) of Heraklion and his memory is celebrated on November 11, a public holiday in Heraklion. In front of the church of Agios Minas there is a large paved square. On the right is the building of the Archdiocese of Crete, while on the left is the first (small) church of Agios Minas. The first church of Agios Minas, the small Agios Minas as the locals say today, was built in 1735 and housed for the first time after the Turkish conquest, the hitherto homeless metropolis of Crete.
Heraklion Old Market, nestled in the heart of the city, is a sensory haven that encapsulates the essence of Cretan life. Amidst its labyrinthine alleys, the market unfolds as a vibrant tapestry of fresh produce, local crafts, and the lively banter of passionate vendors. The aroma of herbs and the vivid colors of fruits and vegetables create an immersive experience, inviting visitors to explore the rich flavors of Cretan cuisine. With a history echoing in its architecture and an array of hidden gems, the Old Market is not just a shopping destination but a cultural landmark, offering a glimpse into the dynamic and authentic spirit of Heraklion.
The Lions in Heraklion is the square of the Fontana Morosini, the ornate Venetian fountain with four lions with water gushing from their mouths. The Fontana Morosini is in the center of Heraklion, but the inhabitants of the city never use the official name, usually referring to it as the Lions Square or the Lions for short. The fountain with the lions is one of the most important monuments the Venetians bestowed on Heraklion. When it was built, it offered a solution to the problem of supplying Heraklion with water, providing 1,000 barrels of water a day.
Outside the walls of Heraklion, in the tower of Martinengo lies the tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis, the famous Greek writer whose books have been translated in many foreign languages. Nikos Kazantzakis was born in Heraklion in 1883 and in 1911 he left for the United States. Throughout his life, he received many critics, particularly from the Church, for the messages of his books.
From large predatory sharks to tiny seahorses and jellyfish spectacle, the variety of marine life stands out against the backdrop of underwater landscapes of the Cretan Sea. The scenery of the Mediterranean unfolds in 60 aquariums (various sizes ranging from 125 to 900,000 liters and with a total volume of 1,700,000 liters of sea water) creating 100 different observation points, for about 2,500 Mediterranean and tropical organisms. Your tour of the aquariums is done with modern audiovisual systems and innovative interactive applications.
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