A 16km long aqueduct was built to channel water from the south to this fountain. The fountain has eight circular basins decorated with nymphs, tritons, dolphins, mermaids, cherubs and mythical creatures. In the 14th century the carved lions were incorporated and formerly supported a statue of Neptune.
Iraklio - the capital of Crete. It's not as bad as some people wanted me to believe - but it's also true that for a capital it lacks major attractions. The area down by the harbour, with its venetian fortress and bastions is quite pretty - and new excavations are now being carried out. There's a great museum to visit, especially on day 1: the archaeological museum - so that if you'll visit some sites you'll understand what you're seeing. Aside from this there are a few churches and El greco Park to visit - but we only caught a glimpse of themm as we were busy hunting for a cheap rental car
In Plateia Eleftherias in Herakleio there is a statue of an ally soldier of w.w.2 dedicated to the soldiers that fought the German Nazis who made a an invetion in Crete. Except Greek soldiers and Crete people they were soldiers from U.K.,Australia,New Zeeland and more...
Iraklio is the capital of Crete and is a bustling modern city. During year round, thousands of tourists visit the place and then flock to the nearby Knossos, which is the ruins of an ancient city built around 1900BC.
I only stayed in Irakleion one morning where I visited the minoic museum. It's a very nice museum but please don't visit it with a guide. I hate them when they explain you the things they want and don't show you the things that you are interested.
Just one thing, I hate museums.
The old Venation Loggia is now the city hall of Iraklion and you are allowed to go in and have a quick look around. It is a most impressive building.
Crete's biggest city isn't the most beautiful, but definitely worth a look. At the port you find a smaller Venetian fortress (Koules), the Archeological Museum and a couple of nice churches.
The pier has been continuously repaired due to the violent waves of the sea that always used to cause damages to its stonework and foundation
One of the two main squares is Plateia Venizelou and is easily recognised by the 'Lion Fountain'. It is the heart of the city and the best place to familiarize with the city layout.