Heraklion, Crete, Greece

Emmy DE * Heraklion, Crete, Greece: Venetian Fortress, Old Harbor boats.

The Venetian fortress of Koules dominates the entrance to the Venetian harbour of Heraklion. The Venetians called it the “Sea Fortress” (Castello a Mare or Rocca a Mare), but today it is known by its Turkish name, Koules, a corruption of Su Kulesi (Water Tower). It is one of the most familiar and beloved monuments of the city, and the symbol of Heraklion.    Today the fortress of Koules gazes proudly out across the Sea of Crete, reminding us of the glory of Venetian Chandax.

The Venetian fortress of Koules dominates the entrance to the Venetian harbour of Heraklion. The Venetians called it the “Sea Fortress” (Castello a Mare or Rocca a Mare), but today it is known by its Turkish name, Koules, a corruption of Su Kulesi (Water Tower). It is one of the most familiar and beloved monuments of the city, and the symbol of Heraklion. Today the fortress of Koules gazes proudly out across the Sea of Crete, reminding us of the glory of Venetian Chandax.

Agios Georgios    Selinaris    Monastery Heraklion Crete Greece

Agios Georgios Selinaris Monastery Heraklion Crete Greece

Knossos in Heraklion on the island of Crete in Greece

Knossos in Heraklion on the island of Crete in Greece

Saint Minas Cathedral Heraklion Crete

Saint Minas Cathedral Heraklion Crete

Heraklion, Crete

Heraklion, Crete

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