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Castello del Molo (Koules)

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Address: Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Phone Number: 30-2810-399399
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Impressive Venetian structure

Dominating the northern end of the old harbor, this massive Venetian structure once successfully repulsed prolonged assaults. Although it is closed for a long process of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 18, 2015
De Pere, Wisconsin
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Essen, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

Guarding the entrqnce to the old Venetian port, the centruries-old fortress is a place you have to see in Heraklion. Just hand out there drinking a beer etc. If you have time, you can walk to the far end of the promenade (ca. 2km), the so-called "bypass avenue", as many patients after bypass surgery go there to walk

Thank edmanikas
De Pere, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Dominating the northern end of the old harbor, this massive Venetian structure once successfully repulsed prolonged assaults. Although it is closed for a long process of repairs to its underwater foundations, it is nevertheless, a favorite place for a stroll, and for locals to fish. The view of the inner harbor from the causeway, and the vaulted Arsenall, is itself... More 

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Bremen, Germany
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

The history behind the fortress is really interesting, but now there isnt much to see there. The fortress is closed and from the outside it isnt that great.

Thank renato-sma
Devizes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Although Koules fortress has been closed for renovation now for two years, it is still possibly to get a good idea as to its size and structure from outside. The walls are massively thick, and indeed, have succeeded in keeping out would be invaders over the centuries. The sheer size of some of the blocks that form the structure are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

One of the must see seesights in Heraklion! You will also love the long way that you can walk and admire the great Heraklion view simultaneously!

Thank Giannis M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Heraklion Castle in the Venetian harbour and arsenals are a wonderfully preserved historic ensemble. Together with the 25th of August street leading to the city centre through Morosini Fountain or the Lions' Fountain, they are worth a visit and a stroll all along.

Thank Roshanikra
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

We went to this place on our cruise trip to greece and turkey.Due to lack of time we were able to see from outside only.It was looking too good.But has lot of history.Actually it is located in middle of the sea.

Thank chandra shekar s
Blackpool, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Unfortunately Koules is undergoing renovation at the moment so wasn's open to go around which was a shame. Good to have a walk along to and look at though.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

This Venitian fort is impressive, the top crenallations were added by the Ottoams, when they finally were able to take it. Many other forts along the coast had already been seized but this one held out. It is currently under renovation and it is not possible to go inside. On the land side of the fort are the .arsenali (ship... More 

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Arad County, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The city of Heraklion stil bears the scent of ancient times. When you step on the rim of the see towards the Venetian citadel it feels like going back in time. Must see place in Heraklion!

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