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The Morosini Fountain in Eleftheriou Venizelou Square in the old quarter of Heraklion, Crete.

Built in 1628 by the Venetians and named after the Venetian governor during that time. The lions on the fountain pre-date the rest of the structure by 100 years.

The fountain was built to commemorate an impressive Venetian construction which brought drinking water to Iraklion from Mount Youktas, a distance of 15km.

To the locals, the square is known as the Lions Square. During the period of Arab rule (9th-10th century AD), the square was the largest slave market in the Eastern Mediterranean.

During the Byzantine period (10th-13th century), the Lions Square was the site of the residence of the Byzantine governor of Heraklion.

In Venetian times (13th-17th century), this was where the Palace of the Venetian Duke of Crete (the Palazzo Ducale) stood, where the Duke and his two councillors (Consiglieri) decided the fate of Heraklion and its people.

Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 3.2.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Sigma 18-200mm lens
Exif data from the JPG
F-stop f/4
ISO 200
Focal length 18 mm


Related shots can be found at Crete, Greece or Eastern Meditteranean.

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  • Chris Clark
    Chris Clarkabout 5 years ago

    brilliantly captured Tom

  • Cheers mate, we had lunch just off the square sitting in the shade under the trees …

    – Tom Gomez

    BLYTHARTabout 5 years ago

    How many slaves did you smuggle through customs?

  • I just brought back the one I took with me – hehehe

    – Tom Gomez

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowabout 5 years ago

    Do you ever feel affected by the history of these wonderful places you visit Tom? Just knowing of the slave market and the Herakilon story would cause me to pause……. Wonderful image…. Thanks so much for the history… everyday I feel so protected and unaware…… bummer…. always want to know what’s going on!!! lol

  • Thank you Brenda. I love the history and I go to great lengths to find out about it. Violence is nothing new, almost anywhere in the world has some sort of violent past. I live in Scotland, a country with an amazingly violent and barbaric history, you only have to look at Burke and Hare or Deacon Brodie or Sawney Bean. There are many many more such tales …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyabout 5 years ago

    I learn more history from you than I did in college, Tom… You make every photo so interesting beside being perfect… Wonderful photo

  • Wow, thank you dear Carol, that is a great compliment …

    – Tom Gomez

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyabout 5 years ago

    Aloha Tom, I enjoy the history you provide with your beautiful imagery. It breathes life into your photograph. It is a lovely fountain.

  • Than you so much Sharon, you are always so kind …

    – Tom Gomez

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 5 years ago

    awesome capture tom!!

  • Thank you so much dear Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture, Tom! I read what everyone above wrote. You see, you really need to write that book!

  • Thak you so much dear Barbara, your continuing support means a great deal. One day, I may get round to it, but life is so busy …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökabout 5 years ago

    Excellent composition, Tom!

  • Thank you kindly Béla …

    – Tom Gomez

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunabout 5 years ago

    Lovely capture Tom, and an interesting history

  • Thank you so very much dear Trudi …

    – Tom Gomez

  • GerryMac
    GerryMacabout 5 years ago

    fantastic capture Tom! love the colours!

  • Thank you Gerry, always appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

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