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Koules Venetian fortress Heraklion (Castello del Molo)

Koules Venetian fortress Heraklion – Castello del Molo





You may get a good view of the stronghold from a variety of locations in Heraklion, even if you don’t plan to visit. However, if you have a few minutes to spare, I strongly recommend paying the EUR 4 entry price to see Koules Venetian fortress Heraklion it from the inside.


There is a lot of information on the history of the castle on the ground level, including cannons and amphorae that Jacques Costeau found while diving in the area. Koules Venetian fortress Heraklion castello del molo.



The view from the top floor is spectacular.





A Venetian coastal stronghold located near the ancient harbour’s entrance.

It was erected by the Venetians to guard the pier and port prior to the construction of the new Venetian fortress. It was last built between 1523 and 1540 to replace another structure wrecked by an earthquake.



Castel di Candia / da Marco Boschini Boschini, Marco (1613-1678). Cartographe

Marco Boschini (1602–1681) was an Italian painter and engraver of the early Baroque period in Venice.


He was born in Venice, and was educated in the school of Palma il Giovane. He painted The Last Supper for the sacristy of San Girolamo [it] at Venice. He also distinguished himself as an engraver and as a writer on art.


He was the author of several publications, such as: La Carta del Navegar pittoresco (1660), a panygeric poem about Venetian painting; Le minere della pittura veneziana (1664) and Le ricche minere della pittura veneziana (1674), two city guides of Venice;

I gioieli pittoreschi. Virtuoso ornamento della città di Vicenza (1676), a city guide of Vicenza.




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It has been regularly restored as a result of the sea’s powerful waves, which have always caused damage to its masonry and foundation.


It was constructed of large stone blocks and had two storeys.





There are 26 rooms on the ground floor that were used to lodge captains or store food and munitions.



Koules Venetian fortress Heraklion castello del molo



There are battlements on the top floor for mounting canons.



Koules Venetian fortress Heraklion castello del molo



Turkish alterations include the higher sections of the castle and the present foundation of the minaret.



Koules Venetian fortress Heraklion castelo del molo



Relief plates with the lion of St. Mark, Venice’s emblem, stand out on the outside of the castle’s major sides.



Koules Venetian fortress Heraklion



During the Turkish occupation, the Turks tortured and imprisoned Cretan insurgents in the castle’s gloomy and damp chambers.



Koules Venetian fortress Heraklion



Today, the castle is available to the public and, during the summer, it is utilized for a variety of cultural activities (art exhibitions, music, theatre).



Koules Venetian fortress Heraklion




15/5-31/8: Wednesday-Monday 08.00-20.00
1/9-15/9: Wednesday-Monday 08.00-19.30


16/9-30/9: Wednesday-Monday 08.00-19.00
1/10-15/10: Wednesday-Monday 08.00-18.30


16/10-31/10: Wednesday-Monday 08.00-18.00
1/11-31/3: Wednesday-Monday 08.30-15.30, closed on 25-26/12, 1/1, 25/3
1/4-15/6: Wednesday-Monday 08.30-16.30



Closed on Tuesdays. Last admission: 20 minutes prior to closing time
Precautions applied for the spread of COVID 19.
The use of a thermometer and of a mask is mandatory to enter the site.



Ticket prices:

4 euro, Reduced 2 euro link




The Museum is situated at the Venetian harbor, ΝW pier, Entrance from “18 Agglon” square
Disabilities: a wheelchair is required to use the lift to the upper floor – priority entrance


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See also:

Master Castle List 234 Castles and counting

Palace of Knossos 

Castello del Molo (Koules) tripadvisor

Koules Fortress wikipedia

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