Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain), Heraklion

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Relax by Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain), the ornate Venetian fountain that serves as the picturesque meeting point of the city. Featuring four lions with water gushing from their mouths, the fountain was constructed to supply Heraklion with unlimited drinking water. The basin stands on a circular base that is composed of eight lobes, making it easy for multiple people to fill their water jars simultaneously. The lobes feature relief scenes from Greek mythology, primarily Tritons, dolphins, nymphs, and mythical water beings. Add Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain) to your Heraklion travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Heraklion travel itinerary planner.
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  • Walking along the main street towards the city walls will stumble at this fountain. Here, near a huge area and Cafe. Many shops. The fountain clearly old but in good condition.
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  • Beautiful old fountain and great place to watch the world go by. Visit Melba Salt & Sugar for the best ice cream and the friendliest staff then sit back and soak in the atmosphere  more »
  • Beautiful sculptural work of the Venetian age Crete, used initially as a water supply source citizen, originally there was the Poseidon Statue placed at the Summit, which was destroyed during the Turkish period. A defect not just, the multitude of bars and restaurants with tables around the "choke" hiding it almost completely; such a pity!
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  • Nice to see at night when lit up, usually has some kind of restoration work taking place. Around it are multiple eateries and cafés. Locals use it as a meeting point because of its central location. It does get quite busy on this square especially in the day time.
  • Nice little piazza. Bustling, fringed by many taverna. When we visited the fountain was out of commission and surrounded by scaffolding.
  • Morosini fountain is a Venetian piece of art in the centre of Heraklion. A must see in tgis city. Stay for a coffee and a traditional sweet bougatsa in one of the cafeterias around it.
  • Beautiful fountain. The square is better after all the work done. Still, you can see elements of the Venetian design and influence on a couple of buildings.
  • Easy meeting point. The streets nearby are worth exploring, filled with boutique stores and cafes.

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Heraklion serves as a convenient base for exploring Crete and draws big crowds with its centrally located hotels, which offer free Wi-Fi, secure parking, private swimming pools, and fitness facilities. Although pricey, staying in the city center also keeps you near the area's top shopping, dining, and entertainment. If you don't mind driving to shops and restaurants, explore the mid-range hotels and small inns farther away from the busy coastline, where you can choose a budget-friendly room with sea views and easy access to quiet beaches.
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