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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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Castello del Molo (Koules) reviews

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  • Very nicely done. The lengthy history and multiple inhabitants, from Venetian’s to tourist of today. All is well documented, and the views from the top are worth the climb. 
    Very nicely done. The lengthy history and multiple inhabitants, from Venetian’s to tourist of today. All is well documented, and the views from the top are worth the climb.  more »
  • It's cheap to go in and has nice views at the top. The history is interesting but there wasn't that much to see and read about. The port area is tatty, dirty, covered in graffiti (like the rest of... 
    It's cheap to go in and has nice views at the top. The history is interesting but there wasn't that much to see and read about. The port area is tatty, dirty, covered in graffiti (like the rest of...  more »
  • This fort overlooking the harbour and the sea was built by the venetians, only 4 euro to get in, and it provides a fascinating insight to times long ago. The views from the ramparts are awesome, and.....  more
    This fort overlooking the harbour and the sea was built by the venetians, only 4 euro to get in, and it provides a fascinating insight to times long ago. The views from the ramparts are awesome, and.....  more »
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  • One of the first sights that draw your attention when you arrive in Heraklion, it's q very nice to walk by and also to visit inside. With a very rich history, it has been renovated to both bring it to it's former glory but also to host a piece of physical and visual gallery that will transport you a few hundred years into the past. The stories on the walls are a nice addition, while the objects dug up from the near by see make the experience an extraordinary one. And do not forget to visit the terrace: it will give you a 360 view of the surroundings.
  • This is a great location to spend a few hours and learn about the history of Crete. The fort is very easy to find and well maintained. The location is full of artifacts and has lots of information regarding the site and its uses. Well worth a visit if you go to Crete.
  • Quite interesting, costs 2 euros to get in (Nov), takes about 15 min to do the whole inside of the fort. You can walk to the lighthouse and the mermaid sculpture too.
  • An impressive fortress from days gone by. It has many artefacts and lots of information with regards to the fortress itself and the history of Heraklion. The views from the top of the fortress are fantastic, it's also a great place to cool off in the vast cavernous rooms inside!
  • One of the best historical places i’ve seen in a while (I haven’t seen any historical things in my lifetime…) but to be fair it was a beautiful castle. I would visit it again.

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