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Venetian Walls

Also known as the defensive walls, the Fortifications of Heraklion surround the city. They have played a key protective role through the centuries. The first city walls date back to the Middle Ages. Upon the arrival of the Venetians, after the fall of Constantinople, the Republic of Venice completely rebuilt the fortification.

The works took over a century to be completed and yet the fortifications were strengthened during the years through various outworks and defensive works of architecture.

These defensive walls withstood 21 years of siege, the longest in history before falling to the Ottomans in 1669. Largely preserved until the present, Heraklion’s fortifications have made it one of the best-fortified cities in the Mediterranean. They are among the most outstanding Venetian fortifications in Europe

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Venetian Walls
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