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Heraklion - is the administrative center of the island of Crete in Greece. The city is named in honor of Hercules, was built by Gd knows when (really - even in the I century it was mentioned in the chronicles) in place of the small harbor. Since then, the island of Crete Heraklion and the Arabs conquered, the Byzantines, the Venetians, the pirates, the Turks - in general, has a rich history.

By personal feelings - in this city of all somewhere in a hurry, fuss, a lot of cars (by the standards of the island of course.) - it is such an atypical situation for Crete. After a quiet distinctive villages in the mountains (and in Crete, almost everything in the mountains) in Heraklion feel uncomfortable - as if it was not in your life of Moscow and whole life in the big city.

Here all the intricacies and history of different peoples of the past, owning an island, get in, creating some impossibly strange mix.

I take a look at Heraklion my eyes.

Absolutely impossible beautiful light in the harbor. Rain did not break.

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The old harbor

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On the left one can see the remaining part of the walls (arches) of the Venetian arsenal. Right on top of them new houses are built.

Gallery under the arches is available for inspection.

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Venetian Fortress Koules.

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In the walled fortress of the three bas-relief, each of which depicts a lion - the symbol of Saint Mark the Apostle, the patron saint of Venice.

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In general, a modern Greek architecture I was not too clear - the house look a strange conglomeration, built chaotically. Because of the crisis, which cost quite severely with Greece, many houses and stand with empty windows.

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In the historical part Heraklion can meet such combinations. Trying not to break, just on top of it is built new, produced a strange combination.

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I love Greek door: their color, shape, decoration lead me into raptures.

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"meal" in Greek - is a bank. So funny!

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St. Titus (Orthodox), built in honor of the saint, preached Christianity to the island in the I century. During the reign of the Venetians there was a Roman Catholic cathedral, during the reign of the Turks - the mosque.

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Morosini Fountain. It is unique in that in the city delivered fresh water from the mountains. It was the beginning of a 15-kilometer water supply network on the island, built by order of the governor of the island Francesco Morosini. Bowl fountain is decorated with paintings of Greek mythology before the biggest bowl was crowned with a statue of Poseidon (destroyed during the earthquake). But the lions, you guessed it, the Venetian.

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On the previous photo shows that the square before the cathedral is an animal. It was a dog, which is very strong and sweet sleep.

Any person sleepy today, it will cause a sharp sense of envy

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Venetian Loggia. During the Venetian rule there was a market in the years of Turkish rule - the Treasury. Now there sits the city hall. But the gallery on the first floor is open, you can walk through it and enjoy the building.

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Cathedral of St. Mark, now - Museum of Fine Arts.

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St. Mark's Cathedral outside

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Well well well!

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My love - the master of the Greek cats

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Azure - the color of Greece.

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The outskirts of the city.

With parking there, by the way, tight - I remember the good old days in Moscow search skills available courtyards

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