Venetian Walls and Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis

Venetian Walls and Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis

Venetian Walls and Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis
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Jana C
Prague, Czech Republic4,663 contributions
Jul 2021
We have walked a lot of the fortifications and also visited the simple grave of Nikos Kazantzakis. We know his work Zorba the Greek but didn't put his name to it until later. The grave is so simple one wouldn't think he was so famous.
Written March 16, 2022
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Graham B
Devizes, UK41,482 contributions
Sep 2013 • Couples
You just cannot fail to be impressed by the sheer scale of the fortifications all along the length of the old city walls. For many visitors, all they might see is the looming Sabbionera bastion which towers over the main bus station but the walls are generally in pretty good condition and some sections have been extensively restored.

We followed Odos Pediados from the southern end of Plateia Eleftherias and you will see a track which leads you up to the top of the battlements. From here you can walk a considerable section of the walls in a clockwise direction and you will soon reach the Agios Andreas bastion which affords wonderful views across the water. Walking in the opposite direction will bring you to the Pantokratoros bastion, and then the Martinengo bastion where you will find Kazantzakis' Tomb.

The walls do contain several enormous and well defended gates, the most impressive for me being the Porta Hanion which you can walk to west along Kalokerinou St and the Porta Kenouria, which is found at the end of Odos Evans.

These huge walls have defended the city for many centuries and whilst they may not initially be as impressive as the walls that contain Rhodes Old Town, they are every bit as historic.
Written September 17, 2013
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Andrewab312
Acre, Israel138 contributions
Sep 2013 • Friends
The city's fortifications are a must. They are massive and impressive, they are being maintained (to some extent) and developed as a tourist attraction, and a visit to Heraklion wouldn't be complete without checking out this attraction.
Written October 20, 2013
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CreteBlue
Athens206 contributions
Dec 2010 • Couples
Having read so many of Kazantzakis' books, this place really meant something for me...
Written November 20, 2011
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Maria D
Athens, Greece281 contributions
Aug 2014 • Solo
On the highest spot of Heraklio, on the venetian walls, one of the most important fortifications on the Mediterranean, is the tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis (known for 'Zorba the Greek') surrounded by a small garden. He chose to rest in peace on the peaceful hill overlooking the city..
Written September 1, 2014
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MaggieT93
Cardiff, UK39 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
We finished off our excursion to Palace of Knossoss, Heraklion and the Archaeological Museum at this very simple, but moving site. It is set on a hill overlooking the busy town of Heraklion......seemed a million miles away......worth a visit.
Written August 23, 2014
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TERRAvelista
London, UK17,535 contributions
Jun 2014 • Solo
The Venitian walls are located close to everything in Heraklion and you cannot miss them: the bus stop is not far and the Natural History museum and Historical museum are located some 5min walk away. Plus you do not have to pay for anything.
Written June 22, 2014
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Graham G
Plymouth, UK9 contributions
Jun 2012 • Couples
Worth a visit to see the arsenals and the Venetian Fortress on the front. Also the church about 1/3 rd. of a mile from the port.
Written June 13, 2012
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John M
Heraclion19 contributions
Jun 2011
Despite the rich cultural history of the city and a wall that's stood for over five centuries around its traditional core, until fairly recently there were few attempts to showcase it or even allow citizens and visitors alike to do anything there than park their cars.

Although the old moat is still underutilized, it's at least being used as a park with some facilities for families to bring their children. There's a cobblestone path following the length of the wall itself, easily reachable by a number of ramps leading up to it.

The view, especially around the sunset, is pretty magnificent; look for the western side to enjoy it over the sea.

Dogs are officially not allowed on the wall even though it sounds like an ideal location to go for a stroll with your best friend; still many people do so anyway, and in fact use the wide grass fields found there to engage in training and socialization sessions. Just be prepared that someone might gripe at you about it.

Kazantzakis' tomb is found here also. If you've read the man's books or know his personal history you'll get something out of it; otherwise you might want to skip that part since it'll probably give you very little to take away from the experience.

It's one of the parts of Heraklion I don't think any visitor should shy from. It's fun, easy to do and a definite opportunity to take some pretty impressive pictures with a view of the city you can't get anywhere else.
Written June 6, 2011
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olioaceto
Kelowna, Canada26 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
Massive walls surrounding old city. I have been to the pyramids and to me, this rivals them. We walked the whole thing which I am guessing is about 3 km.The Greeks could make this a fantastic attraction, but of course it's strewn with garbage and debris and unmarked with no information.
Written July 16, 2013
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