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The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is one of the largest and most important museums in Greece, and among the most important museums in Europe. It houses representative artifacts from all the periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering a chronological span of over 5,500 years from the Neolithic period to Roman times. The singularly important Minoan collection contains unique examples of Minoan art, many of them true masterpieces. The Heraklion Museum is rightly considered as the museum of Minoan culture par excellence worldwide.
Koules or Castello a Mare is a fortress located at the entrance of the old port of Heraklion. It was built by the Republic of Venice in the early 16th century, and is still in good condition today. In 1630, the fort was armed with 18 cannons on the ground floor, and 25 cannons on the pathway leading to the roof. The fortress has been restored, and it is open to the public. Art exhibitions and cultural activities are occasionally held at the fort.
Morosini Fountain is located in Lion Square opposite St. Mark's Basilica, in the center of Heraklion. It is considered one of the most beautiful Venetian monuments of Chandaka (named Heraklion Crete during the Byzantine period) and is preserved in a very good condition. The reason for construction was not aesthetic but the water supply in the city of Heraklion.
Knossos is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete and has been called Europe's oldest city Settled as early as the Neolithic period, the name Knossos survives from ancient Greek references to the major city of Crete. The palace of Knossos eventually became the ceremonial and political centre of the Minoan civilization and culture. In the first palace period around 2000 BC the urban area reached a size of up to 18,000 people. In its peak the palace and surrounding city boasted a population of 100,000 people shortly after 1700 BC.
Heraklion central market is on 1866 Street, running from the Meidani to Kornarou Square and is lined with shops selling souvenirs, clothes and shoes, fruit and vegetables, herbs and spices, cheese and meat, along with small cafes and tavernas. The roads running at right angles to left and right of the market contain yet more shops. Near the top of the market, on Karterou Street, are the fishmongers with their stalls full of fish, crying their wares. The Heraklion central market was where the inhabitants of the city once did their daily shopping.