Heraklion is the capital and largest city on the island of Crete in southern Greece. It is the 4th-largest city in the country.

Heraklion's rich ancient history dates back to approximately 2000 BC. Known as Knossos, it was the capital and crown city of the Minoan Empire. Ruins of the palace of Knossos remain intact and a major tourist attraction. The city was abandoned by the Minoans around 1100 BC, and taken over and re-established by the Saracens in 824 AD.

Today, Heraklion is known for its history, ancient ruins, beaches, maritime industry, sailing, warm Meditteranean climate, cuisine, and Cretan beauty.

People Born in Heraklion

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Heraklion in People's Lives

Lawrence Durrell: After the fall of Greece during World War II, my wife Nancy and I, along with our infant daughter Penelope, fled Corfu in 1942, planning to make our way to Alexandria to find sanctuary. However, the strain between my wife and I's marriage went from bad to worse, and Nancy and I seperated. We parted ways and she headed with my daughter to Jerusalem.

Viggo Mortensen: I traveled here in 2013 to film scenes of The Two Faces of January.


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