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  • 1. Heraklion Archaeological Museum


    Standing in a class of its own, this museum guards practically all of the Minoan treasures uncovered in the legendary excavations of the Palace...Read More

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  • 2. Historical Museum of Crete


    An imposing mansion houses a varied collection of Early Christian and Byzantine sculptures, Venetian and Ottoman stonework, artifacts of war...Read More

  • 3. Ayia Aikaterina

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Nestled in the shadow of the Ayios Minas cathedral is one of Crete's most attractive small churches, named for St. Katherine and built in 1555...Read More

  • 4. Ayios Markos

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 13th-century church is named for Venice's patron saint, but, with its modern portico and narrow interior, it bears little resemblance to...Read More

  • 5. Ayios Minas

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This huge, lofty cathedral, dating from 1895, can hold up to 8,000 worshippers, but is most lively on November 11, when Heraklion celebrates...Read More

  • 6. Ayios Titos

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A chapel to the left of the entrance contains St. Tito's skull, set in a silver-and-gilt reliquary. Titus is credited with converting the islanders...Read More

  • 7. CRETAquarium


    Spread over 5,000 square metres, this is one of the biggest aquariums in Europe and is home to 2,000 marine creatures and represents 200 different...Read More

  • 8. Koules

    Military Sight

    Heraklion's inner harbor, where fishing boats land their catch and yachts are moored, is dominated by this massive fortress so named by the...Read More

  • 9. Loggia

    Notable Building

    A gathering place for the island's Venetian nobility, this open-air arcade, with a meeting hall above, was built in the early 17th century by...Read More

  • 10. Martinengo Bastion


    Six bastions shaped like arrowheads jut out from the well-preserved Venetian walls. Martinengo is the largest, designed by Micheli Sanmicheli...Read More

  • 11. Monastery of St. Peter and St. Paul

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of Heraklion's oldest monuments, dating from the 13th century, has been been rebuilt many times over the years and has done duty as a church...Read More

  • 12. Natural History Museum of Crete


    Housed in a former electricity plant, this provides a nice trip out for the whole family. Focusing on the wildlife of Crete and the wider...Read More

  • 13. Plateia Eleftherias


    The city's biggest square is paved in marble and dotted with fountains. The Archaeological Museum is off the north end of the square; at the...Read More

  • 14. Plateia Kornarou


    This square is graced with a Venetian fountain and an elegant Turkish stone kiosk. Odos 1866, which runs north from the square, houses Heraklion...Read More

  • 15. Ta Liontaria


    The Lions," a stately marble Renaissance fountain, remains a beloved town landmark. It's the heart of Heraklion's town center—on Eleftheriou...Read More

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