The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion is the museum in which the Minoan culture is presented almost in its entirety. It is one of the largest and most remarkable museums in Greece and one of the most important in Europe. His exhibits include representative specimens from all periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering about 5,500 years, from the Neolithic era to Roman times. The unique masterpieces of Minoan art occupy a dominant place in his collections. The collection with Minoan antiquities is the most important in the world and the museum is considered the pre-eminent museum of Minoan culture
Archaeological Museum of Heraklion
Address Xanthoudi & Xatzidaki 1, Heraklio 71202
The Minoan Palace of Knossos
The Palace of Knossos is the largest of the centers of Minoan power. This is a building complex that is developing in an area of 22,000 sq.m. Built largely on an artificial hill, it was the most impressive of the Minoan palaces. It was the administrative center of Minoan Knossos, which is located 5 km southeast of Heraklion. The first palace was built around 2000 BC. According to tradition, the palace of Knossos was the seat of King Minos. Around 2000 BC. the old palace was built at the southern end of the city. It was destroyed around 1900 BC. from an earthquake. It was repaired, but destroyed again in 1700 BC.
Address Fidiou8, Heraklio 714 09
Venetian Fortress Rocca a Mare
Koules is the name of the sea fortress built by the Venetians in Heraklion. It is located at the entrance of the Venetian port, to protect the port of Heraklion and together with the Castle of Paleokastro the bay of Ammoudara from the invasions and landings of other conquerors. It is also known as Castello del Molo, Rocca a Mare, Castle of the Sea, Castle of Candia or former Chandaka. The current fortress was built between 1523-1540 on the site of an older tower, which was deemed insufficient. Due to the damage from the waves, it accepts frequent repairs. During the Ottoman period it functioned as a prison and a small lighthouse was built in it.
Address Heraklio 7120 02
Church of Agios Minas
The Metropolitan Church of Agios Minas is an Orthodox Cathedral, located in Heraklion and is the headquarters of the Archbishop of Crete. It began to be built on March 25, 1862 by the Metropolitan of Crete Dionysios from Adrianople, Thrace. Its construction was stopped during the Cretan Revolution of 1866 and was finally completed in early 1895. The inauguration of the church took place on April 16, 1895 by the Metropolitan of Crete Timotheos AD. The church is dedicated to Agios Minas, patron saint of the city of Heraklion.
Address Saint Minas 25, Heraklio 712 01
Museum of Natural History
Το The Museum of Natural History in Crete (MNHC) of the University of Crete was founded in December 1980 by presidential decree within the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Crete. It is based in Heraklion, Crete. The Museum of Natural History of Crete (MNHC) offers its visitors a unique experience. In its exhibition spaces, which cover 3,500m2, the natural environment of Crete is highlighted, in an impressive and innovative way, in comparison with that of Greece and the eastern Mediterranean.
Address Kólpos Dermatá, Leof. Sofoklí Venizélou, Irákleio 712 02
The Morosini Fountain is located in Lions Square (Eleftherios Venizelos) opposite the Basilica of St. Mark, in the center of Heraklion. It is considered one of the most beautiful Venetian monuments Handaka (the name of Heraklion Crete during the Byzantine period) and is preserved in very good condition. The reason for construction was not aesthetic but the water supply in the city of Heraklion. The water came from the mountain Yukhtas in Archanes with a 15 km aqueduct that reached Heraklion. The inauguration took place on April 25, 1628.
Address Sq. El. Venizelou, Heraklion 712 02