Monuments & Sights of Crete

Numerous monuments, big and small, can be seen scattered in urban, coastal and inland areas of Crete: Venetian fortresses and castles, Byzantine churches, Turkish mosques, monuments of vernacular architecture and other noteworthy buildings, as well as locations which have left their mark in the history of the island, or others that were marked themselves by the conquerors who ruled in the island, down the centuries. 

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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 Architecture, 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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