Heraklion or Iraklion (/hɪˈrækliən/ hih-RAK-lee-ən; Greek: Ηράκλειο, Irákleio, pronounced [iˈraklio]) is the largest city and the administrative capital of the island of Crete and capital of Heraklion regional unit. It is the fourth largest city in Greece with a population of 211,370 (Urban Area) according to the 2011 census. The population of the municipality was 173,993. The Bronze Age palace of Knossos, also known as the Palace of Minos, is located nearby. Click for more..
The fortifications of Heraklion are a series of defensive walls and other fortifications which surround the city of Heraklion (formerly Candia) in Crete, Greece. The first city walls were built in the Middle Ages, but they were completely rebuilt by the Republic of Venice. The fortifications managed to withstand the second longest siege in history for 21 years, before the city fell to the Ottomans in 1669 Click for more..
Eleftheriou Venizelou Square (Greek: Πλατεία Ελευθερίου Βενιζέλου) is a square in the city of Heraklion in Crete, named after the Cretan statesman Eleftherios Venizelos. It dates back to the Venetian era and is more commonly known as Lions Square (Greek: Πλατεία Λεόντων) or Leonton Square Click for more...
The Koules (Greek: Κούλες) or ROCCA A MARE ("Fort on the Sea" in Italian) is a fortress located at the entrance of the old port of Heraklion, Crete, Greece. It was built by the Republic of Venice in the early 16th century, and is still in good condition today. Click for more...
The Natural History Museum of Crete (NHMC) (Greek: Μουσείο Φυσικής Ιστορίας Κρήτης, ΜΦΙΚ) in Heraklion, Crete is a natural history museum that operates under the auspices of the University of Crete. Its aim is the study, protection and promotion of the diverse flora and fauna of the Eastern Mediterranean region. Click for more...
The Agios Minas Cathedral (Greek: ῾Ιερός Μητροπολιτικός Ναός ῾Αγίου Μηνᾶ) is a Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Heraklion, Greece, serving as the seat of the Archbishop of Crete. Ιt is dedicated to Saint Menas the martyr and wonderworker (285-309 A.D.), who is the patron saint of Heraklion.
Titus (/ˈtaɪtəs/ TY-təs; Greek: Τίτος; Títos) was an early Christian missionary and church leader, a companion and disciple of Paul the Apostle, mentioned in several of the Pauline epistles including the Epistle to Titus. He is believed to be a Gentile converted to Christianity by Paul and, according to tradition, he was consecrated as Bishop of the Island of Crete. Titus brought a fundraising letter from Paul to Corinth, to collect for the poor in Jerusalem. Later, on Crete, Titus appointed presbyters (elders) in every city and remained there into his old age, dying in Gortyna, near the city of Candia (modern Heraklion). Click for more...
The Loggia was an essential public building in every Venetian city, and this institution was not absent even from Venice's colonies. For Candia, Loggia is considered to be one of the most elegant architectural monuments of the Venetian period, a representative example of the palladian style. During the Venetian period, Loggia was the official meeting place of sovereigns and nobility where they discussed various topics concerning economic, commercial, and political matters. It was also used as a place where people passed their time, something like a combination of a chamber and a gentlemen's club. The Loggia we see today is the fourth one; others that were built before this were abandoned due to their position, or were made obsolete by time. Click for more..
Megaro Fytaki is a historic building in the city of Heraklion with a historical role in the economic, political, social life of the city until the early 70's." Megaro is the first multi-storey building in the city of Heraklion with residential apartments, built in 1926-1930, with remarkable neoclassical elements on the facades. It was built with the original purpose to house shops and offices on the ground floor and houses on the upper floors. Click for more..
Doménikos Theotokópoulos (Greek: Δομήνικος Θεοτοκόπουλος [ðoˈminikos θeotoˈkopulos]; 1 October 1541 – 7 April 1614), most widely known as El Greco ("The Greek"), was a Greek painter, sculptor and architect of the Spanish Renaissance. "El Greco" was a nickname, a reference to his Greek origin, and the artist normally signed his paintings with his full birth name in Greek letters, Δομήνικος Θεοτοκόπουλος, Doménikos Theotokópoulos, often adding the word Κρής Krēs, Cretan. Click for more..
Nikos Kazantzakis (Greek: Νίκος Καζαντζάκης [ˈnikos kazanˈd͡zacis]; 18 February 1883 – 26 October 1957) was a Greek writer. Widely considered a giant of modern Greek literature, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in nine different years.Kazantzakis' novels included Zorba the Greek (published 1946 as Life and Times of Alexis Zorbas), Christ Recrucified (1948), Captain Michalis (1950, translated Freedom or Death), and The Last Temptation of Christ (1955). He also wrote plays, travel books, memoirs and philosophical essays such as The Saviors of God: Spiritual Exercises. Click for more..
Karavolas park is pan-European example to imitate for the redevelopment of the previously degraded coastal front in Heraklion, Crete. Utilizing available European funds of the municipality, an area of 61 acres renovated which extends from the Pancretan Stadium and reaches the district of Karavolas. The renovation was awarded at an international conference in Malm., Sweden. There, Heraklion was distinguished among 49 cities for the result that the works of highlighting its urban coastline.
Iraklio OAA B.C. (Greek: Ηράκλειο OAA KAE), also known simply as Iraklio, or Heraklion, is a Greek professional basketball club that is based in the city of Heraklion, on the island of Crete, in Greece. It is a department of the Heraklion Tennis and Team Sports Club (Greek: Όμιλος Αντισφαιρίσεως και Αθλοπαιδιών - OAA - «Ηράκλειο»), a multi-sport club established in Heraklion in 1928. The club's basketball department was founded in 1968, and currently competes in the Cretan Basket League, hosting its home games at the Heraklion Indoor Sports Arena, a multi-purpose indoor arena with a capacity of 5,500 spectators. Click for more..
The loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), is a species of oceanic turtle distributed throughout the world. It is a marine reptile, belonging to the family Cheloniidae. The average loggerhead measures around 90 cm (35 in) in carapace length when fully grown. The adult loggerhead sea turtle weighs approximately 135 kg (298 lb), with the largest specimens weighing in at more than 450 kg (1,000 lb). The skin ranges from yellow to brown in color, and the shell is typically reddish brown. No external differences in sex are seen until the turtle becomes an adult, the most obvious difference being the adult males have thicker tails and shorter plastrons (lower shells) than the females. Click for more..
Cultural and Conference Center of Heraklion (Greek: Πολιτιστικό και Συνεδριακό Κέντρο Ηρακλείου, ΠΣΚΗ), also Cultural and Conference Center of Crete (Πολιτιστικό και Συνεδριακό Κέντρο Κρήτης), is a centre for the performing arts in Heraklion, Greece. It was inaugurated in 2019 after long debates and planning that exceeded four decades. The complex is built on a plot of 5,670 square meters and has a total area of 28,487 square meters. It has an auditorium that seats 750 and several smaller stages. Its first Artistic Director is conductor Myron Michailidis. Click for more..
Vikelaia Municipal Library of Heraklion is a historical library in Crete. Its main purpose is to provide important collections, useful for its users as well as services and information sources that will serve their information needs and will promote education and information. Click for more..
In the southwestern part of the Prefecture of Heraklion there is the plain of Messara which is the largest in Crete. The plain is known for its fertile soil, its warm climate and its hardworking people. Due to these there are large cultivated areas with olive groves and greenhouse crops with early vegetables. Every year they produce large quantities of extra virgin olive oil and vegetables of high quality which are sold in the Greek and European markets. Click for more..
Zaros (Greek: Ζαρός) is a village and a former municipality in the Heraklion regional unit, Crete, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Faistos, of which it is a municipal unit. The municipal unit has an area of 71.803 km2 (27.723 sq mi). Population 2,953 (2011). Zaros village, at an altitude of 340 metres, is a village with a lake and gorge nearby. Click for more..
OFI Crete FC (Greek: ΠΑΕ Όμιλος Φιλάθλων Ηρακλείου 1925, Club of Fans of Heraklion 1925), is a Greek professional football club based in Heraklion, on the island of Crete. It is a part of the OFI multi sports club. Outside Greece, the club is generally known as OFI Crete FC, however, the name Crete is not actually part of the club's official title. The team competes in the Super League, the top division of the Greek football league system, and hosts home games at the Theodoros Vardinogiannis Stadium in Heraklion, Crete. Click for more..
"8tetto" (octeto) is an acapella vocal ensemble which consists of 8 singers. Its repertoire varies from classical music to jazz, pop, gospel and even traditional music. Apart from these activities, "8tetto" also introduces the world of opera to children from all over Greece throught their musical play "What is going on with Opera?". 8tetto consists of: Peny Deligianni, soprano Anne Fassea, soprano Antonia Tzitzika, alto Sofia Malama, alto Niko Ziaziari, tenor Stratis Steel, tenor Ilia Kapantai, bass Dimitri Alexoudi, bass. Click for more..
The main company of Intercity Buses is the "Intercity KTEL of Heraklion - Lassithi SA". In 2018, a vision of decades for its owners and the passenger public took shape. And it was nothing more than relocating to a modern and functional space that would meet the needs of the passenger public and the company's staff. The vision was great and it was executed in the best way for everyone. Click for more...
Historical Museum of Crete was founded by the Society of Cretan Historical Studies in 1953 and is housed in a neoclassical building of significant architectural merit (the A. & M. Kalokairinos House, 1903) in the city of Heraklion on Crete, an island of Greece. The museum was expanded following the addition of a new wing and floor. Click for more..
The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is a museum located in Heraklion on Crete. It is one of the greatest museums in Greece and the best in the world for Minoan art, as it contains the most notable and complete collection of artefacts of the Minoan civilization of Crete. Click for more..