Castello del Molo (Koules), Heraklion

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The mighty Venetian fortress of Castello del Molo (Koules) towers over Heraklion Harbor. Today one of the island's popular sightseeing spots, the two-story castle was originally built in the early 13th century to store foodstuffs and military supplies. Much of the building's current form was established during its 1523-1540 restoration. Although current reconstruction has closed the site indefinitely, you can still admire the formidable architecture from outside, soak up the rich historical atmosphere, and enjoy the scenic seaside setting. Make sure to visit the eastern wall to view the lion crest of Venice, still clearly visible. To visit Castello del Molo (Koules) and get the most from your holiday in Heraklion, create itinerary details personal to you using our Heraklion trip itinerary tool.
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  • Beautiful old fortress locates in the Heraklion harbor. This was the venetian fortress, the thick walls and big towers. 
    Beautiful old fortress locates in the Heraklion harbor. This was the venetian fortress, the thick walls and big towers.  more »
  • You have to pay to see inside of this fort but it's worth it. The view from the top are excellent and the small museum inside very informative. 
    You have to pay to see inside of this fort but it's worth it. The view from the top are excellent and the small museum inside very informative.  more »
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  • Really cool place to visit. It was nice to see history and the location is easy to get to. I highly recommend as a stop on the tour of the city. There is history and views that can't be over looked!
  • Great place to learn more about the interesting history of this fortress and Crete in general. Very stroller and wheelchair accessible. Lots of space and the perfect spot for young children. Well worth the 4 euros.

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