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Venetian Walls and Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis

Heraklion, Crete, Greece
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Ranked #16 of 32 Attractions in Heraklion
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

A GREAT WAY TO SEE THE CITY, so walk as far as you can around the walls Make sure you get TO THE GRAVE OF THE BEST EVER Cretan with his wonderful epitaph.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We walked on the venetian walls and by the water a few times during our stay. Great views and so peaceful!

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Swansea
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Walk around the bay until you reach the Natural History Museum. On the way there are some new excavations which appear to be those of a church with graves(?) but , unfortunately, no information.They are next to the sea wall and exhibit some interesting arches, way below the present road level. Opposite thses, walk up the road and there are... More 

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Aberdeenshire
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

The city map of Heraklion gives three walking routes including this one round the old city walls. We worked out that we could access the route from the 'new gate' which was not too far from our hotel. The route is littered with dog dirt, un-emptied litter bins and other debris and is not well signed although by it's nature... More 

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We had difficulty in keeping track of the walls, unlike York for example, where you can enjoy a good continuous walk. You need to keep checking the map as sections of the walls are missing. The Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis is a humbling experience, again it is not too well signposted and I think more could be done to market... More 

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athens
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Maybe Nikos Kazantzakis is not well known to many of the tourists who used to visit the Venetians Heraklion fortifications. Try to read one of his books and you we will be so thankful that this great writer enter your world. Its really nice walk next to the walls with final point on the top of them to visit Kazantzakis... More 

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Guildford Surrey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Walking around the Venetian walls that enclose the "old" city gives many fine views. As usual in Greece lots of rubbish about which takes some getting used to.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Walls will always be walls - they are massive, they are strong, they are grey and old. You can feel the power behind them. But walls themselves are not very interesting. But! At some parts of them you can get great pictures of the city, of the sea and of the skyrocketing airplanes. Also on one of the bastions of... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 via mobile

A walk of the walls and 7 bastions is a must, if somewhat unclear and uncared for...you will come aX the 2 open air theatres , which host events in the summer festival , the orochionni ?/ ears of the wall and a fantastic view of the shiny dome and steeples of st.. Minus@ the authors tomb, and read of... More 

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Victoria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The words on Nikos Kazantzakis's grave are something to the effect of:"I hope nothing, I fear nothing, I am free." Worth just being in that space for a moment to ponder life and art. The views over Heraklion are good too. And there's a display near by about his life and books that's worth checking out. One that I've read... More 

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