Heraklion Travel Guide

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Iraklion is the biggest city in Crete (and fifth in Greece. History is very much alive in Iraklion just like in most Greek cities. The central square while surrounded by cafes, stores and restaurants, is dominated by the fountain of the Lions, built by Morozini(the venetian governor in 1628). At the end of the central market is a coffee house, housed at the "Koubes", a fountain built by the Turks when they converted the nearby church of the Saviour to the Valide mosque. All around the old part of the city ,a visitor can walk following the old Venetian walls that meet at a bastion, called "Koules", that dominates the old harbour of the city.

The visitor to Iraklion should definitely visit the archaeological site at Knossos and the Archaeological Museum of Iraklion that houses most of the Minoan findings in Crete. Special attention should also be paid to the Historical museum of Iraklion that houses findings from the early Christian era to today and the Museum of Natural History.

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