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We rent a car in Heraklion, (the capital of Crete) and deal with tourists since 1992. Okay, rent a car enterprise in Heraklion offers excellent economy cars on low-cost car hire rates Crete for summer holidays or winter holidays, to discover Heraklion the surrounding area and Crete. For travellers who prefer to make their own itinerary, renting a vehicle is the best way to explore Crete. As Heraklion is the capital Of Crete and is located about in the middle of the island, the best place to rent a car is at Heraklion. Many interesting villages and settlements, Cretan beaches (some of them among the best of the world)!!, monuments, archaeological places, picturesque villages, breathtaking views, gorges, caves, cosmopolitan cities and reveal the magnificent of Crete. You might will be more tired but more rewarded too!! Travelling is an uplifting experience as it changes people's perceptions of life, while at the same time endows each trip with a special meaning and memories that can last for a lifetime. We can provide you with an exceptional travelling experience. Our local car rental agency offers affordable and valuable car rental services to all types of travellers. The true charm of this Greek island lies in its sense of freedom and ease of living, the charm of breezing along the winding roads and breathtaking turquoise beaches. All this blends perfectly with reminiscing the rich history and the past time, the glory days of the great antique culture, and the turbulent times under occupation. Don’t miss out on a single sight. Discover them all. Choose any of the rental vehicles from our wide collection, ask for the special offers on them, pick the car up, and have fun on your holiday the way you deserve! Whether you are seeking a beach holiday or to delve deeper into the country’s rich historical past, Heraklion offers endless recreational opportunities.
Crete was once home to the Minoan civilization, today some of its key finds such as the Knossos, Phaistos and Gortys attract millions of visitors who flock here to admire the impressive structures which dated back to the ancient times.
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Knossos PalaceOne of Heraklion’s best known archaeological attractions, the Palace of Knossos is situated 5 km south of the city centre of Heraklion. This major city of Crete, as well as one of Europe’s oldest cities, was the centre of the Minoan civilization. The main attraction is the famous Minoan Palace which was constructed on top of a Neolithic town. Visitors can admire the numerous finds from the palace such as pottery, vessels, original wall paintings and art, which are all housed in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
The old harbour of Heraklion
The area surrounding the harbour is characterized by the city’s centuries-long history, the tales of gods, rebellions and conquerors. The Old Harbour of Heraklion is dominated by the imposing Venetian construction, the Koules Fortress which the Italians called Rocca al Mare. For centuries the great walls of the fortress served as protection against the invaders. The cells and dark halls were used as prisons for the Cretan rebels. Today, visitors may enjoy the harbour’s colourful character which is highlighted by traditional fishing boats and numerous tavernas serving freshly prepared seafood dishes. Strolling through the winding streets of Heraklion you will come across numerous sculptures, statues and busts commemorating significant events and figures of Crete’s history. Watch out for important monuments dedicated to El Greco, Vitsentzos Kornaros, Nikos Kazantzakis and Eleftherios Venizelos, just to name a few. The town itself also houses several impressive Venetian fountains such as the Bembo Fountain, the Priuli Fountain, Palmeti Fountain, Sagredo Fountain and the Morosini Fountain which crowns the Lion Square.
Museums of HeraklionIn the centre of Heraklion, you find the archaeological museum and 8 kilometres from Heraklion is Knossos Palace. Those seeking to discover the cultural heritage of Crete may visit one of the many museums: Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Natural History Museum, Historical Museum of Crete (displaying the dramatic history of the city of Heraklion), Nikos Kazantzakis Museum dedicated to the famous Greek novelist best known for writing Zorba the Greek, Museum for the Battle of Crete and National Resistance (housing relics from the period of Cretan resistance to occupation between 1941 and 1945), Museum of Visual Arts, and the Cretaquarium which is a great attraction for families with kids.
The tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis in Heraklion
The Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis in Heraklion Crete: Outside the walls of Heraklion, in the tower of Martinengo lies the tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis, the famous Greek writer whose books have been translated into many foreign languages. Nikos Kazantzakis was born in Heraklion in 1883 and in 1911 he left for the United States. Throughout his life, he received many critics, particularly from the Church, for the messages of his books. Tortured by metaphysical and existential issues from his early youth, Kazantzakis was trying to explain the notion of God and Human. He even entered a monastery for six months when he was young. Greatly inspired by the work of Friedrich Nietzche on atheism, Nikos Kazantzakis developed his own ideas on the existence and conception of God. These ideas, as presented in his books, bothered a lot the Church, whose authority was more cautious at that time. When the Last Temptation of Christ was published in 1951, the Roman Catholic Church included it in the Index of Prohibited Books and didn't allow its translation to foreign languages. That particular book was presenting Jesus Christ as a tragic figure that had been fighting all his life between the duty and mission on one side and the human desire to live a normal life on the other side, to love and be loved, to have a family and enjoy life. As an aftermath, the Greek Orthodox Church excommunicated Kazantzakis in 1955. The reply of Kazantzakis was prompt but clear: You gave me a curse, Holy fathers, I give you a blessing: may your conscience be as clear as mine and may you be as moral and religious as I. As the Church had excommunicated the writer, he was not allowed to be buried in a cemetery when he died in 1957 out of leukemia. That is why Nikos Kazantzakis was buried, according to his will, outside the walls of his hometown. The tomb is plain and surprisingly it has a wooden cross. Upon the tombstone, there is the phrase: I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.
Ag.Menas the Cathedral of Heraklion
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. It was built over the time period of 1862-1895. The construction was interrupted during the Cretan Revolution of 1866–1869. The church has cruciform architecture with a central dome. The floor plan of the church has external maximum dimensions of 43,20 m in length and 29.50 widths. A small and old church of Agios Minas is located in the proximity of the cathedral. and a surface area of 1,350 m2 and it is the largest cathedral in Crete and one of the largest in Greece. An old and small church dedicated to Agios Minas is located in the proximity of the cathedral.
Lion square. The central square of Heraklion
The Lions in Heraklion is the square of the Fontana Morosini, the ornate Venetian fountain with four lions with water gushing from their mouths. The Fontana Morosini is in Eleftheriou Venizelou Square in the centre of Heraklion, but the inhabitants of the city never use the official name, usually referring to it as the Lions Square or the Lions for short. The Fontana Morosini, the famous fountain of the lions, was the work of the Provveditore Generale (Superintendent) Francesco Morosini and the engineers Zorzi Corner, Raffaello Monnani and Francesco Basilicata. The fountain was constructed not for aesthetic purposes but to bring unlimited drinking water to thirsty Heraklion. Heraklion had no springs, and its inhabitants used wells and rainwater cisterns. Thanks to Morosini, however, water from Archanes on Mt Juktas reached Heraklion along a 15-kilometre-long aqueduct. The work took 14 months to complete and the fountain was inaugurated on 25 April 1628, the feast of St Mark, patron saint of Venice. The basin of the fountain stands on a circular base and is composed of eight lobes, making it easier for many people to fill their water-jars simultaneously. About five people could dip their jars in the fountain at each lobe. The fountain with the lions is one of the most important monuments the Venetians bestowed on Heraklion. When it was built, it offered the solution to the problem of supplying Heraklion with water, providing 1,000 barrels of water a day. Everyone who has grown up in Heraklion knows that the square of the Morosini Fountain is the Lions Square. However, our municipal authorities decided to make our lives difficult by naming it Eleftheriou Venizelou Square, honouring the Cretan statesman and later Prime Minister of Greece who played a leading role in the struggle for the Union of Crete with Greece. Eleftheriou Venizelou Square (Lions Square) is one of the busiest parts of Heraklion. It is never quiet, unfolding its various aspects 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This is where travellers who arrive in Heraklion by ferry at dawn come for a bougatsa cream pie, while they wait for the city to wake up. Later, through the course of the day, thousands of locals and tourists will cross the square, staring at the fountain, check out the shops, sit at a café, eat something quick, or visit an exhibition in the Basilica of St Mark. As night falls, the Lions Square becomes the rendezvous point for groups of young people ready for a night on the town. The same groups will end up at the souvlaki shops and other fast-food joints after midnight, to settle their alcohol-filled stomachs with something on the hoof. Winter and summer, in hot or cold weather, the bustle of the square never stops. Historical sources tell us that during the period of Arab rule (9th-10th century AD), the square was the largest slave market in the Eastern Mediterranean. During the Byzantine period (10th-13th century), the Lions Square was the site of the residence of the Byzantine governor of Heraklion. In Venetian times (13th-17th century), this was where the Palace of the Venetian Duke of Crete (the Palazzo Ducale) stood, where the Duke and his two councillors (Consiglieri) decided the fate of Heraklion and its people. The Ducal Palace was a two-storey building with verandas and vaulted areas on the ground floor which was rented out as shops. It was on the north side of the Lions Square, where the souvlaki shops are today, taking up a whole block.
The church of Agios Titos in Heraklion Town, Crete: The Cathedral of Agios Titos in Heraklion Town is among the most important monuments in Crete. It is found on August 25th street, one of the busiest streets of the town. Around the church, there is a lovely square with small cafes and bars. The original church of Agios Titos in this location was probably built in 961 A.D. by the Byzantine Emperor Nicephorus Phokas, who liberated Crete from the Arabs and made it again part of the Byzantine Empire. To strengthen the Christian faith in Crete, which had weakened from the Arabs, the emperor constructed this Orthodox church and dedicated it to Agios Titos, a disciple of Apostle Paul and the first Bishop of Crete.
The first church dedicated to Agios Titos had been built in Gortyn, the first capital town of Crete before it was destroyed by an earthquake and the capital was transferred to its present location, in Heraklion Town by the Arabs in 828 A.D. In this new church, the skull of Agios Titos was transferred as well as a miracle-working icon of the Virgin Mary and other relics from Gortyn.
During the Turkish occupation of Crete, the church of Agios Titos was turned into a mosque, named Vezir mosque. In the severe earthquake of 1856 that hit Crete, the temple was entirely destroyed and rebuilt as an Ottoman mosque by architect Athanasios Mousis. The minaret was destroyed in 1920 when the last Ottomans left the island of Crete, which had been integrated into the Greek State since 1909. Today, the cathedral works as an Orthodox church, after its renovation in 1925.
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