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THEOTOKOPOULOU PARK

Theotokopoulou Park is located west of the 25th August Street and it is a small lush oasis in the heart of the city centre, with rest and recreation areas for all ages. Next to the park you will find many cafés and restaurants which cater for everyone’s tastes. At the entrance you can admire the bust of the great Cretan painter Doménikos Theotokópoulos (El Greco), who started as an iconographer in Crete and then studied and lived in Italy and Spain. He was influenced by the best painters of his time and created his own unique style and technique which made him one the most important painters in history.    
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GEORGIADIS PARK

Georgiadis Park is just a few steps away from Eleftherias Square, opposite the statue of El. Venizelos, and is one of the largest green spaces of the city providing a pleasant, refreshing getaway from the bustling city centre. It features a café-bar, a playground, public toilets and a small botanical garden at its entrance. It also hosts many cultural events and festivals during the summer, and the organic products open-air market every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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ELEFTHERIAS SQUARE

Eleftherias Square (Liberty Square) is one of the main areas of the city, a tribute to the countless battles for freedom fought by the Cretans over the centuries. This is why it was chosen as the site for the Statue of the Unknown Soldier where, on National Days, state officials and people leave wreaths and flowers. Many events of the Municipality (tourism days, floriculture exhibition, book exhibition etc.) take place in Eleftherias Square. The building of the Prefecture of Heraklion and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum are also located next to the Square which also features many cafés and restaurants.  
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KALLERGON SQUARE (LIONS SQUARE)

The most famous square of the city, known simply as "Lions", it literally never stops bustling with people. All the streets lead here, to the very heart of the city centre, where the emblematic Morosini Fountain offers a breath of fresh air to those who choose to rest on the nearby benches. Next to the "Lions" you will find dozens of cafés, restaurants and hand-made ice cream shops, you will taste traditional bougatsa and or you could just opt for some fast food. From Kallergon Square you can follow the city’s main high streets, Dedalou Street and 25th August Street, for shopping, while one of the most important Venetian monuments of the city, the Saint Mark’s Basilica, is located just opposite of the “Lions” together with the renovated “Vikelaia” Municipal Library and its Bookstore and, of course, the Heraklion Municipality Info Point!
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KORNAROU SQUARE

It is a small square across the old market that deserves your attention because of the most famous couple of Cretan literature, Erotokritos and Aretousa. An ideal starting point for a walk in the old market and a stop at the Bembo Fountain.
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DASKALOGIANNIS SQUARE

The small green square that lies behind the Prefecture and the Courthouse is one of the most peaceful corners within the city centre. It is named after the brave rebel Ioannis Vlachos (Daskalogiannis). The square has many traditional rakadika (small cafés serving the famous local spirit (raki) along with small traditional appetizers) and grill houses. There is also the city’s main Post Office (ELTA) and note that various exhibitions are regularly organized.  
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