During the approximately 3,000 years of its existence, Heraklion has had a turbulent history while its name most likely comes from Idaean Hercules, the legendary founder of the Olympic Games. Heraklion is the largest urban centre in Crete and the financial centre of the island. The city also is the commercial and scientific centre of the island. It is found in a strategic geopolitical location in the south-eastern basin of the Mediterranean Sea, connecting three continents.
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