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. To visit Venetian Walls and Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis on your holiday in Heraklion, and find out what else Heraklion has to offer, use our Heraklion trip planner .
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  • When you want visit historical city you have to passed these walls. Venetians awared need to defend their city against the Turks built them around all the city. It held the Turk invasion for unexpecte...  more »
  • The site affords a great view of the city and the Venetian walls. The location of the grave of one of Greece's most famous modern authors speaks to the heart of much that is found in his writings. His...  more »
  • Nikos kazantzakis's work, just read in La grave, if not I don't know, but I need to come up read his books, and his mausoleum on the wording in the first half of his work by watching the flowing and just a sense of the subject.
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