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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  • 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 »
  • It was closed the day we were there, on Tuesday, but it is still a beautiful structure that dominates the harbor. 
    It was closed the day we were there, on Tuesday, but it is still a beautiful structure that dominates the harbor.  more »
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  • Very cool history and excessively beautiful view of the sea
  • Beautiful Castle in the old harbor of Heraklion. Extraordinary example of the Venetian period in the city. Inside you can find very interesting temporary exhibitions. The view from the top of the Castle is very beautiful especially if you look at the sea. Definitely a place to visit if you are in the capital of Crete.

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