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Heraklion Travel Guide

Heraklion is Crete's main city and usually the starting point for holidays on the island. Built on a fairly steep hillside, its history of Venetian occupation is clear in its architecture, especially the Venetian fortress that dominates the harbour and accents the city's bustling mix of shops, hotels, traffic, and fast-food outlets.The main square, Plateia Venizelou, is a pedestrian mall sporting cafes and restaurants, and some fascinating shops in the surrounding streets. History buffs should visit the archaeological museum, which contains the world's most comprehensive collection of Minoan artefacts, dating back to around 1600 BC. Heraklion is also close to the major archaeological site associated with the Minoans at Knossos.

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