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Fountains

Idomeneas Fountain behind the Historical Museum, Iraklion
Idomeneas Fountain behind the Historical Museum, Iraklion
The Venetian fountains are beautiful reminders of the Italian influence in Crete. The Morosini Fountain in the city of Iraklion was used to bring drinking water to the people of Iraklion (through a 15km conduct from Mount Youktas). Today the lower part contains a large number of very beautiful sculptures around the fountain as well as four lions on the central pillar where a statue of Poseidon had formerly stood.
The Rimondi Fountain in Rethimnon is also an interesting example of a Venetian fountain. It has three subdivisions in which the water runs from sculptured heads. Four columns with Corinthian-style capitals complete the piece of art.
The Venetian fountain outside the Moni Vrondisi, Monofatsi, is also very attractive. It consists of a number of sculptures, and the water flows out of four sculpted marble human heads, giving the impression of a strong wind blowing.
Other Venetian fountains of interest include, in Iraklion: the Bembo Fountain with several marble carvings and a headless Roman statue, and the Sagrendo Fountain with a statue that Gerola believes is Crete, the mother of Pasiphae; and the fountain (the lion-head spout was stolen) in Gorgoliani Monastery, in Malevizi.
The Idomeneas Fountain and the Koubes Fountain, in the city of Iraklion, are good examples of Turkish fountains.

Photos of Fountains:


Lions Square and the Morosini Fountain, Iraklion
Lions Square and the Morosini Fountain, Iraklion
The Rimondi Fountain among the cafes of Rethimnon
The Rimondi Fountain among the cafes of Rethimnon
The Venetian fountain of the Vrondisi  Monastery
The Venetian fountain of the Vrondisi Monastery
A detail of the Bembo Fountain in Kornarou Square, Iraklion
A detail of the Bembo Fountain in Kornarou Square, Iraklion
Idomeneas Fountain behind the Historical Museum, Iraklion
Idomeneas Fountain behind the Historical Museum, Iraklion