Bembo Fountain

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David D
Devon, UK16,679 contributions
Couples
Friday 28th August as we visited this historic fountain which is situated in Kornarou Square.

The fountain consists of a headless statue, flanked on both sides by a pillar. This stands on top of a water spout with a small trough below it.

There are numerous crests (coats of arms) all round the structure.

The fountain is named after the Venetian Govenor of Heraklion, Gianmatteo Bembo, who built it and was completed 1554.

The historical significance of the fountain is that, when it was completed, it was the first time that the residents saw running water in the City.

The Turkish Sibel (fountain) is beside it. Also keep an eye out for the mosaic on the pavement.
Written August 31, 2020
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Graham B
Devizes, UK41,482 contributions
Couples
The fountain is the second attraction of interest as you enter the northern end of Kornarou Square and is to be found adjacent to the lovely Turkish Pumphouse. It takes its name from a certain Gianmetto Bembo who built the fountain between 1552 and 1554 during Venetian rule and was the first source of clean drinking water for the city.

It features a rectangular basin and incorporated into the back is the now headless statue of a Roman official who by accounts was based in Ierapetra on the south coast. What his link is to the fountain, no one appears to certain. The rest of the fountain is covered with the coats of arms of various important Venetian families.

In its early days, the fountain merely dispensed water into the basin, but after the construction of the Pumphouse next door some three centuries later, the water was circulated to various parts of the city for the benefit of all its inhabitants.

As with so many of Iraklion's sights, this for us, is one we never tire of visiting.
Written September 19, 2013
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masha s
moscow26 contributions
Friends
it was sunset and great colors all around... slow musics from caffe and sound of falling water drops... but again tooooo many people around
Written November 5, 2013
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Anthony Raymond T
Crete, Greece42 contributions
Friends
If you have struggled up through the market the fountain is a nice place to rest and watch the world go by, take refreshment at this little 'Oasis'. Let everyone else rush around.
Written November 5, 2014
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JIngs006
West Yorkshire, UK322 contributions
Solo
Nice little fountain with impressive carvings but unfortunately with no running water on the week I visited. There is a tree-shaded peaceful little café right next to it, used by locals, Nescafe with milk was only E2 (plus a free biscuit!) cheapest I found in Heraklion.
Written October 30, 2013
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Jana C
Prague, Czech Republic4,618 contributions
Nice fountain which doesn't seem to be operational just by the Turkish Pumphouse. It was built by Gianmatteo Bembo, in 1552-54. For some strange reason it has a headless statue as a decoration.
Written March 17, 2022
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA12,303 contributions
It sits in a little square at one end of 1866 Street, a busy shopping street. When we were there, people were enjoying the view from the nearby benches with snacks from the cafes.
Written October 28, 2021
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txtfa001
Austin, TX654 contributions
When you go to the area to shop in the open markets in the town center make sure to stop and look at the two fountains; one Venetian and one Turkish. Take a minute to read about them before you go. There is also a pebble mosaic next to the fountains which is worth a look.
Written September 29, 2019
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philbo45
Heraklion, Greece415 contributions
Family
Named for the Venetian Governor General of Heraklion, Gianmatteo Bembo in 1554, Bembo Fountain is a wonderful piece of Heraklion history passers-by will enjoy. It sits next to the Turkish Sibil on 1866 Street, which is where you'll find the city's wonderful central market.

The fountain is not one of those places where you will want to linger, but having a cool drink and watching the people pass is a nice diversion here.
Written September 30, 2018
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Kathinated
Dunfermline, UK684 contributions
Friends
Remains of a Venetian fountain at the south end of Heraklion market area. Water wasn’t running when we visited. Beautiful detail preserved.
Written September 13, 2018
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