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The Great Koules in Iraklio

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The Venetian fortress - Koules, in Iraklion harbour
The Venetian fortress - Koules, in Iraklion harbour
The Rocca al Mare or Great Koules protected the harbour of Iraklion. An impressive two-storey fortress, the Koules stored foodstuffs and military supplies as well as being an officers' quarters and a prison. The Genoese built it in 1303 and it was rebuilt in 1523 (inscription over northern gate), after its destruction in an earthquake. The impressive fort has three relief carvings of the Lion of St. Mark, the one to seaward being the best preserved. The second storey is an outdoor theatre during the summer months.

Photos of The Great Koules in Iraklio:


The Koules and the inner harbour, Iraklion
The Koules and the inner harbour, Iraklion
The north face of the Koules, Iraklion
The north face of the Koules, Iraklion
The main entrance to the fort, Iraklion
The main entrance to the fort, Iraklion
The Venetian fort and the harbour entrance, Iraklion
The Venetian fort and the harbour entrance, Iraklion
The Koules in Iraklion
The Koules in Iraklion
The Venetian fortress - Koules, in Iraklion harbour
The Venetian fortress - Koules, in Iraklion harbour
 
Visit the area of the sight: Heraklion
Synonyms and related links Iraklion :
Heraklion
Heraklion
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