Loggia’s designer Francesco Morosini is also the architect behind the famous fountain in Lion Square. In Venetian times the building served as a meeting place and gentleman’s club for members of the aristocracy. It also acted as the center of administrative life for the city, where nobles made decisions on city matters. The 2-story Loggia building has since been restored and is connected to the city’s former Armory via a central atrium.
Things to Know Before You Go
The public can visit the building’s covered walkway and courtyard for free.
Keep an eye out for the plaques commemorating famous Cretans along the walkway.
The walkway and courtyard are wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The Venetian Loggia can be found on 25th August Street, near Lion Square and the Morosini Fountain in the center of historic Heraklion. The main bus station is about a 9-minute walk, and Loggia is within easy walking distance of other major sites in the city.
When to Get There
The main sections of the Loggia are not open to the public, while the covered walkway and courtyard can be accessed at all times. The shaded walkway offers respite from Heraklion’s intense summer heat.
Visit the Historical Museum of Crete
For a closer look at the island of Crete’s history, head to the Historical Museum of Crete by Heraklion harbor. The museum contains items from the past 2,000 years, including Byzantine artifacts, traditional costumes, maps, priceless frescoes, and more.
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