Venetian Walls and Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis, Heraklion

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Tour a 16th-century defensive structure and pay your respects to a world-renowned writer at Venetian Walls and Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis. The walls once protected Candia and boast two well-preserved gates, Chania and Kainouryia, where you can walk outside and around the perimeter. Nikos Kazantzakis, who penned the literary works "Zorba the Greek" and "The Last Temptation of Christ," was excommunicated by the church for his writings and thus denied burial in a cemetery. According to Kazantzakis' will, he was instead interred outside the walls of his hometown in 1947. Take time to walk around the walls, sit in peace, and admire views of surrounding mountains. For Venetian Walls and Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis and beyond, use our Heraklion trip itinerary planner to get the most from your Heraklion vacation.
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  • Great place for visiting combined with an afternoon stroll. From there you can see the city centre from on high! You will need enough time to walk the whole way but worth it. Congratulations to where is the tomb of N. kazantzakis you can admire the view and rest at one of the benches that have been there. Unfortunately a problem is the trash that exist in the path!
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  • Isn't it befitting in n. Kazantzaki ... It is not worthy of what you will see ... But is the tomb of the great Cretan and this alone makes the place special ... The location is terrible but neglected ...
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