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The Fall of the City Crown - The last days of Candia’s siege

One-day trip around the fortifications & monuments of Heraklion city.

The tour around the fortifications of the city of Heraklion includes walks on the ramparts, and the external ditch, aiming to a deeper knowledge of this magnificent monument.

Description

Historical –Archaeological tour, guided by an archaeologist

In May 1648 started the long siege of Chandax by the Ottomans, which has lasted no less than twenty one years. It is a unique case in world history for the fierce rage of the mighty Sultan’s Empire, as well as for the tireless courage of the city’s inhabitants that spent days and nights at the ramparts of the defensive wall. The battering forces were reinforced, even by the King of France.

Finally, the city’s shield, the wall that “crowned” Crete’s “head”, could not uphold any more. Treason and fatigue caused incurable injuries to the city’s jewel, and the “crown fell down”; the last Venetian city in Crete surrendered to the Ottomans (1669).

This trip outlines the dramatic days just before the fortified city of Chandax (today’s Heraklion) surrendered to the Ottomans. We will wander around the Venetian fortifications that reveal the secrets and the functions of the defensive art of that era, while, in the same time, they reflect all the episodes that allowed the fatal blows, and led to the attackers’ final victory.

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The Fall of the City Crown - The last days of Candia’s siege

Details

Type
Guided Trips/Tours
Activities
History/Archaeology
Tags
Venetian Crete, Heraklion, Chandax, Architecture, History, Archaeology
location
Heraklion city (Tour around the fortifications of the city of Heraklion), Heraklio
Languages
Greek, English

Prices & Rates (per person/per group)

Indicative Price (Total)
€90 per person
Costs

9-12 persons: €50
6-8 persons:   €55
3-5 persons:   €95
2 persons:     €130
1 person:       €230

Minimum No. of persons
1
Maximum No. of persons
12

Difficulty Level & Required Equipment

Difficulty Level
1 (Very Easy)
Difficulty Level Notes

None. It includes only walks in the city

Personal Equipment

Shoes for walking / Sunscreen oil, hat, sunglasses / small rucksack

Duration/Timetable & Pick up Services

Duration
1 days
Notes

Provisional programme: 10:00 – 14:00

Meeting point: Liberty Square, Heraklion
Return to: Venetian port of Heraklion

10:00 – 13:00: Guiding and walks around the fortifications of the city of Heraklion (city walls and monuments).
13:00 – 14:00: Historical Museum of Crete

On Request
Yes, No
Schedule

EVERY WEDNESDAY: 10.00 – 14.00 (May– October)

Upon request: A trip can be also organized on request with at least 4 days’ notice and an extra charge for the transfer

Services

All inclusive
No
Included Services

Presentation of Trip's theme

  • Specialist: Archaeologist
  • A manual in English for each traveler (with references, texts, photos, maps etc)

Personnel

  • Driver
  • Translator (upon request)

Food/Accommodation

  • Branch
  • Beverage (Water)

Other

  • Personal Insurance
  • Entrance fees to museums and organised archaeological sites
  • Rucksack (upon request)
Not Included Services
  • Transfer to the starting point of the trips & return
  • Transportation to the sites of the trip
  •  Personal expenses, tips, visa’s cost, taxes
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