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The Venetian Walls of Heraklion

By the early years of the First Byzantine Period (330-840 AD) Heraklion already had fortifications, which were supplemented by both Arab conquerors (840-961 AD) and the Byzantines (961-1204 AD), and subsequently by the Venetians after 1211 AD. But the looming threat...

The City Gates of Heraklion

The Venetian fortifications had four main gates which are located at the four cardinal points. To the north, at the end of what is today August 25th Street, was the ‘Gate of Molos’, which connected the town with the port. To the west was the ‘Gate of the...

The Basilica of Saint Mark

The church of St. Mark, dedicated to the patron saint of Venice was the official Venetian church of the city of Candia. Its construction began in 1239. It is a three-aisled basilica with a portico on the west side, where there was the entrance from the Morosini...

The Venetian Fortress of Koule

The fortress was built by the Venetians in the early years of their rule in Candia, in order to better protect the city’s port, which had prominent strategic and commercial importance. The original low building, which had no escarpments, was destroyed by an earthquake...

Fountain Morosini

The general Francesco Morosini designed and implemented with the assistance of engineers Zorzi Corner, Raffaello Monnani and Francesco Basilicata, the grandiose project of water supply, the construction of an aqueduct length about 15 kilometers, carrying the waters of...
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