Cruising the walls of Candia.

Greece

The largest and most splendid fortifications throughout the Mediterranean is located in Heraklion, Chandax of history. It is tall and powerful walls that surround in them the old city, which was built by the Venetians to protect against future attacks.

Cruising the walls of Candia

 

The largest and most splendid fortifications throughout the Mediterranean is located in Heraklion, Chandax of history. It is tall and powerful walls that surround in them the old city, which was built by the Venetians to protect against future attacks. For visitors, however, are an intractable conundrum, as it can not locate the beginning and end or even a wonder how the Venetians were able to create such a giant architectural structure. The walls were built with constant chores of local residents under the supervision of distinguished engineers of the time. But what concerns us here, however, is to walk, even conceivably, on the magnificent walls.

To start your walk on the walls, there are many options available: it depends on what exactly you want to see and what you feel like. We will recommend a route that can be followed by everyone and satisfy all tastes simultaneously.

A good start can be made from Liberty Square, the Three Arches which the locals. In this area there was until 1917 the Gate of St. George, after the same time demolished. The name refers to the Three Arches arched aqueduct that ran the  Square and now no longer exists. In the same square, you can go down something stairs and entered a lighted gallery, which is what is left of the famous gateway Lazaretto, purgatory. The Gallery is often hosted art exhibition. Come back and proceeded to the district Viglas and find the gate Vittouri, which is literally hidden beneath a building. Get inside and proceeded to the exit and you will find yourself in a parking space that is on the trench walls ezone.

A little further if you perform, you will reach the so-called "New Gate" where the premises housed small shops that sell everyday items. There the City has free bikes for a ride to town. Below are something concrete stairs that lead up to the walls, so you can see the view from above. Watching the cars go in and out of the gate, which was constructed in the 1970s. Adjacent is the Venetian gate, which is dedicated to Jesus. Walking further down the path, you will find the square of low walls, known Kipotheatro M. Hadjidakis, where in summer are organised many artistic events. If you have the courage to continue, you will meet after the football stadium of   Ergotelis the tomb of Kazantzakis in Martinengo bastion.

After you descend the stairs from the bastion you meet the road. You'll see a new park with some Muslim buildings. A little more to the right is the gallery Makasi, which has fascinating historic past. Coming back to the road, will overtake the Severed Benteni and below you will find yourself in Bethlehem Gate, which houses an exhibition on El Greco. Opposite there is the district of Lakkos, where you can explore the beautiful alleys of. After all, you can walk the rest of the walls that reaches the sea, ie to pass the gate Pantocrator or Chanioporta and brought to an end which is just before the shopping center on the promenade.

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