Like a ''Pierian spring''.
With regards to Greek mythology, the waters spill from the earth as a source of art, knowledge and science just like Heraklion proved two millenia later for famous Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis. The author of poem ''The Odyssey- a Modern Sequel'' following the structure of Homer’s original masterpiece, Kazantzakis rewrote it seven times and it was Heraklion that witness this ''superhuman effort'' as later famous author Pandelis Prevelakis would name it.
This unbelievable charm that Heraklion has can be million timed described, but only captured once you are there. With Booked.net, in a click you can be on your way to experiencing the city yourself. From cheap hotel in Heraklion to one packed with luxuries all listings are comprehensive and include with maps, photos and secure forms at Booked.net.
When on a trip to Heraklion you should be open to new findings, think like archeologist Arthur Evans who discovered the legendary palace of Knossos – a remnant of 3000-years old Minoan civilization. You as well can know more about prehistoric times of Heraklion in its Archeology museum. Other attractions include;
-Lions, famous Venetian fountain
- Saint Minas, cathedral dedicated to the patron saint of Heraklion
- Venetian Loggia, elegant Venetian monument
- Saint Titus, the church of St Titus in Heraklion
Otherwise, take it all in at once on Coast Road lined with Natural History Museum, Pancretan Olympic Stadium and Dominican Church of Saints Peter and Paul – a remnant of Venetian era.
Heraklion’s Golden Era came during the Venetian regency. Under this direction it became a centre of the arts as many craftsmen and artists found sanctuary here after the fall of Constantinople in 1453. Later Heraklion survived WWII and bombings during the Battle of Crete in 1941.
Nevertheless, Venetian past is still concentrated in the Old Town walls with a huge urban sprawl extending from them. Locals are used to this contrast in cityscape as they live in the largest city in Crete thus there is no escape from the modern world. That is why with the turn of 20th century Heraklion converted into industrial hub with 155,000 inhabitants busy with its factories and port areas.
Heraklion… a cradle of history or an epicenter of industry? You to decide on your trip there, but one point is clear – Heraklion is best discovered with Booked.net.