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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  • August 16, 2017
    I wonder if there was this monument to another city that would be preserved and that exploited ... Many visitors come to the city and completely ignore the existence of this "reference point" in other ... What to say ... Generally, neglected monument and picture it deserves with grasses and litter ... a pity because it is worth ...
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  • August 14, 2017
    If you can afford to ignore the dried grass, garbage, the slogans and animal feces, it is worth taking a stroll on the great fortification work-the largest in the Mediterranean. The only exception is the tomb of n. Kazantzakis held (even) in relatively decent level. Very beautiful view and sunset from some parts of the walls. The relatively low rating is because of images of shame and utter neglect and not because of the value of the monument. How unfair to one of the most important symbols of the city ...
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  • August 4, 2017
    Fans of Kazantzakis, don't deprive you of this visit. The place itself is clean, surrounded by bougainvillea
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