Culture Monuments & Sites in Heraklio city

Check below archaeological sites, monuments, museums and any other culture landmarks that you will find in the city.

Knossos, the largest and most brilliant centre of the Minoan civilization, is located 5 kilometres south of the historical centre of the city of Heraklion. East of the hill where the magnificent ruins of Minoan Knossos are situated...

  • location Knosos, Heraklio, Heraklio
  • type Archaeological Site
  • site condition/facilities Well Organized/Services

Heraklion had been fortified already in the years of the First Byzantine period (330-840 AD). These fortifications were supplemented by the Arabs (840-961), the Byzantines (961-1204), and the Venetians, after 1211. 

  • location Heraklion City, Heraklio, Heraklio
  • type Fortifications
  • site condition/facilities Open-Well preserved

The Morosini fountain, also known to the citizens of Heraklion as Liontaria (= lions) is one of the most remarkable monuments of the city.

  • location Lontaria Square, Heraklio, Heraklio
  • type Architecture
  • site condition/facilities Open-Well preserved

The church of Saint Titus (Agios Titos) was initially built after Crete was liberated from the Saracens by the Byzantine emperor Nikephoros Phokas, in 961 AD

  • location August 25th St., Heraklio, Heraklio
  • type Church
  • site condition/facilities Open-Well preserved

The Loggia is considered as one of the most remarkable buildings of the Venetian period in Crete. It used to be a kind of Club, where the wealthy and noblemen gathered. 

  • location August 25th St., Heraklio, Heraklio
  • type Architecture
  • site condition/facilities Open-Well preserved

The fortification works conducted by the Venetians in the city of Heraklion also included defensive works at the port. Two fortresses were built at the end of each pier, however only the largest one, the so-called Koules, survives today. 

  • location Heraklion City Port, Heraklio, Heraklio
  • type Fortifications
  • site condition/facilities Open-Well preserved

The road which connects the port with Saint Mark’s square, on which the palatial mansion of the Venetian Duke was built, was already the most important street of the city already in the Venetian period

  • location August 25th St., Heraklio, Heraklio
  • type Other Monument
  • site condition/facilities Open-Well preserved

The church of the Saints Peter and Paul is located on the coastal road, east of the Historical Museum of Heraklion, among ruins of buildings of the Byzantine period

  • location Sofokli Venizelou avenue, Heraklio, Heraklio
  • type Church
  • site condition/facilities Closed

The Morosini fountain may be the most famous fountain in Heraklion, however the city has other beautiful ones as well, which also date from the Venetian era. 

  • location Heraklion City, Heraklio, Heraklio
  • type Architecture
  • site condition/facilities Open-Well preserved

The church of Saint Mark (Agios Markos), dedicated to the patron saint of Venice, used to be the official Venetian church of the city of Candia, and its construction began in 1239

  • location Liontaria Square, Heraklio, Heraklio
  • type Church
  • site condition/facilities Open-Well preserved

A small, humble church dedicated to Saint Minas and the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, known today as “Little Saint Minas”,can be seen very close to a church of Saint Catherine. This chapel of Saint Minas, who had been the patron saint of the city since 1735, features an iconostasis of exquisite art and icons made by the painter Georgios Castrophylacas

  • location Saint Minas Square, Heraklio, Heraklio
  • type Church
  • site condition/facilities Open-Well preserved

The Venetians built a series of shipyards (known as Arsenali) at the southern and the eastern area of the port, in order to house and protect the activities of the building and repairing of their ships. Their size is impressive.

  • location Heraklion City Port, Heraklio, Heraklio
  • type Architecture
  • site condition/facilities Open-Well preserved

The seat of the Prefecture of Heraklion is housed in one of the most historical buildings of the city. 

  • location Eleftherias Square, Heraklio, Heraklio
  • type Architecture
  • site condition/facilities Open-Well preserved

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