Heraklion (or Iraklio) is a pleasant town to walk around in. Its main two features are the Minoan treasures of the Archaeological Museum and the nearby ruins of the Minoan palace, Knossos.
The Koules Fortress (Kastro Koules, Castello a Mare) at Heraklion was built  around 1530 by the Venetians who then ruled Crete.  gr16 091713470 s The Lion of Venice above the gate to the fortress.  gr16 091617510 s abc A forest of masts in the harbor.  gr16 091713480 j Arches of the 14th-century arsenal.  gr16 091713490 j ab
One of the two high points of a visit to Heraklion is the extraordinary collection of the Archaeological Museum. These beautiful stone pitchers and cups date from around 2000 BCE.  gr16 091810100 j ab We were amazed by the geometric patterns of designs on some of the ceramics.  gr16 091810120 s-a Cycladic statues like ones we saw in the Cyclades a year before (2015).  gr16 091810151 j More amazing desings on a pitcher.  gr16 091810160-s-a
Panther-shaped handle for a scepter from around 1800 BCE.  gr16 091810161 j A Kamares ware cup from around 1800-1700 BCE.  gr16 091810180 j a This extraordinary design could have come from last year, but it dates from 1800-1700 BCE.  gr16 091810181 j ab Model of the Knossos palace complex.  gr16 091810262 s ab
A clay bull's-head rhyton, or libation cup, from 1500-1450 BCE.  gr16 091810300 j This board game from the Palace of Knossos dates from 1700-1450 BCE. It is inlaid with ivory, blue glass paste and rock crystal and plated with gold and silver.  gr16 091810310 j The Phaestos disk, from the early 17th c. BCE, is written in characters which have not yet been deciperhed. One more linguist is giving it a try.  gr16 091810342 j Ivory figurine of a Cretan bull leaper,  gr16 091810370 j
Fragment of a fresco from Knossos, 1350-1300 BCE, showing the so-called "Captain of the Blacks", because he is running in front of two Blacks. (Who knows, maybe he is running away from them, or racing them?)  gr16 091810380 j cab Bull-leaping fresco from Knossos, 1600-1400 BCE.  gr16 091810383 j ab Beautiful stone cups.  gr16 091810452 j A bosomy lady. Or maybe she was not a lady at all.  gr16 091810453 j
Another stone bull's-head rhyton, or libation cup from Knossos.  gr16 091810454 j Yet another bull's-head rhyton.  gr16 091810470 s-a Snake goddesses from around 1600 BCE.  gr16 091810480 j abc Figurines of a goddess from Kannia, near Gortyn, 1350-1250 BCE.  gr16 091810560 j
Stone tubs.  gr16 091810570 s-a This sarcophagus, from  Hagia Triada, 1370-1300 BCE, shows ritual ceremonies for the dead and scenes from a supposed afterlife.  gr16 091810580 j a Detail of the Hagia Triada sarcophagus.  gr16 091810590 j a The hall of frescoes.  gr16 091811070 j
"The cup bearer", part of the Minoan "Procession fresco".  gr16 091811090 j pcab Dolphin fresco.  gr16 091811090 s-aaa 1 What a headdress!  gr16 091811091 j cab This pretty lady with her ringlets is called "la Parisienne".  gr16 091811100 j cabac
From more recent times, 1st c. CE, Aphrodite with a basin, from Gortyna.  gr16 091811240 j Another 1st c. CE Aphrodite from Gortyna.  gr16 091811250 j