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LIVE webcam streams from Crete! The 'Liontaria' or Lions Square in Heraklion, Chania and more all 24/7! Enjoy! The island of Crete in Greece is packed with history and culture and the Lions Square is a feast of Venetian architecture from the time of the Venetian Empire. The historic town of Chania features a stunning Venetian lighthouse and is Crete's second largest town. At Photos of Crete .com we don't just bring you photos of Crete we bring you live web cam video too!!
Morosini Fountain was built in 1628 at the instrution of General Franceso Morosini. It is regarded as one of the most famous and memorable Venetian monuments in Heraklion, though its original purpose was practical rather than for it's beauty. Over 1,000 barrels of drinking water per day were pumped from the Archanes springs to this fountain via a complicated system of waterworks including pipes.
Enter Lions Square and you’ll see Morosini Fountain in the centre with the four lions supporting the central basin. When the fountain was first built it was topped with a large statue of the Greek God Poseidon, though this has long since disappeared believed to have been pulled down during Ottoman rule. Step closer and you can still see the Venetians’ tribute to Greek mythology carved into the eight lobes that surround the fountain.
Tritons, dolphins, nymphs and reliefs of scenes from the Greek myths are all still visible on these basins.
One of the best ways to enjoy Morosini Fountain is to sit at one of the many cafés or tavernas around the outside of the square. The cafes serving Bougatsa are famous for their delicious pastries and a sweet or cheese treat with a coffee in the early morning sun is an absolute treat. As the centre of the town, it is a popular meeting place for locals who use the spot to meet each other before moving on into Heraklion's vibrant bars, cafes and restaurants. The constant sound of gushing water makes a pleasant backdrop to the chatter of the busy square. There are few more attractive backdrops in Heraklion to enjoy a drink and watch the world go by. The team at Photos of Crete .com often enjoy an hour watching the locals gather and the cruise ship hoards set their eyes onto the old Venetian Lions for the first time. And don't forget that the Venetian Loggia, the forum and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum are all right here too.
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