Heraklion, Greece

Crete is an island of diverse and breathtaking landscapes. Fertile valleys framed by rugged mountainous terrain and bordered by miles of lovely coastline, the ancient Koules Venetian Fortress presenting an imposing presence in the Harbor of Heraklion as it has for nearly 500 years.

The prefecture of Heraklion is one of four on the island and is the largest and most densely populated on Crete. The city of Heraklion is the fifth largest city in Greece and the hub of social and economic activity for the island of Crete. Heraklion is also a city that holds great historical significance with many archaeological discoveries having been found within the city from the classical and Hellenistic periods as well as indisputable evidence that the city was once known as the seaport of Knossos with origins dating as far back as 2000 BC. Many of the archaeological treasures that have been found here were discovered during excavation for new construction projects in the city and surrounding areas.

Port of Heraklion, GreeceHeraklion has been under the control of various rulers and countries throughout the ages, but today the island of Crete is part of the Kingdom of Greece.

The city of Heraklion is the capital of the prefecture. It is a diverse mixture of the ancient and the modern with thriving commercial enterprises and industry mingled with sites from the Byzantine, Venetian and Minoan periods.

While visiting Crete, there are a number of outstanding archaeological sites that should not be missed. These include the Palace of Knossos, an impressive ruin and the most popular attraction on the island, the Kamilari, a remarkably well preserved circular Minoan Tomb dating back to 1900 BC, the Palace of Malia, the palace city of Phaestos and many others. For lovers of Greek and European history, Crete is the perfect destination.

The Archaeological Museum located in the city also contains many significant artifacts that detail 5500 years of Cretan history and civilization. It is one of the top five museums in the Greek Isles.

The Loggia is a recreation of an elegant part of the Venetian culture of Crete and is located in the city of Heraklion. The original Loggia was built in the early 17th century by General Francesco Morosini and was once the playground and meeting place of the nobility of the day. The current Loggia is open to the public and is home to the Heraklion Town Hall.

Although best known for its historical significance, Heraklion also has its modern charms and attractions. The Heraklion market offers a wide variety of items ranging from souvenirs to fine jewelry as well as traditional local products such as wine, olive oil, honey, tempting Greek foods and Cretan delicacies.




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