Loggia, Heraklion

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  • Excellent Venetian architecture in the historical center of Heraklion, meeting point, meetings and entertainment of the wealthy and ruling class and the nobles who lived there in the Venetian years. It was built in 1626-28 by the same architect Francesco Morosini who constructed the fountain. Today it houses the town hall with all the implied services.
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  • The development offers itself from its position in the anarchic modernity of the city, very transient street.
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  • The elegant building of the Loggia is one of the finest monuments of Venetian Crete. The Loggia (noblemen's club) now standing in Heraklion was constructed in 1626-28 by Francesco Morosini, the same man who built the Lions Fountain (Fontana Morosini) in Eleftheriou Venizelou Square. This is the fourth and final Loggia built during the period of Venetian rule. Very little information is available on the first three, so we do not really know what they looked like. According to historical sources, the first Loggia of Heraklion was by the sea, exposed to winter storms and gales. In 1325 the nobles of Chandax applied to Venice for a grant of land away from the sea to build a new Loggia. The application was approved and the second Loggia was built opposite today's building. The third Loggia was built in 1541 on the site occupied by the present building, but it was smaller. The fourth and final Loggia was built in 1626-1628. Venetian political and social customs demanded the construction of a public building in Heraklion, as a meeting-place for the nobles, rulers and feudal lords, where economic and commercial decisions were made. It was also a place for them to relax, something like an officers' mess today.
  • nice building to stop during your promenade in Heraklion downtown. Nowadays is the city hall and we only got into the main patio.
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