Heraklion is currently the largest city of Crete and at the same time the administrative capital of the island. The Venetians contributed most to its development, as they literally bought it for a thousand pieces of silver. It was they who gave the city the name of Candia, under which the then Heraklion functioned for many centuries. The Venetians also decided about the architectural character of the city, built huge city walls and an impressive port fortress.
Imagining exactly what the city looked like back then is of course a difficult task. However, an interesting project prepared by the Department of Tourism of the Heraklion commune may help in this. It is a digital visualization that allows you to move virtually to 1640 and "visit" the then Candia. You will certainly recognize many places in this film, as some of them have survived to our times. It will be not only the fortress of Koules, then called Rocca a mare, but also huge city walls, port arsenals, a Venetian loggia, the characteristic church of Agios Titos and the Basilica of Saint Mark. You will certainly associate the famous Morosini fountain, which is today one of the most characteristic points of Herkalion. Unfortunately, the statue of Poseidon, which was its culmination at the time, has not survived to this day.