Sites & cities that bear the name of Heraklion


Today in : Greece
First trace of activity : ca. 8th century B.C.E
Last trace of activity : today
Recorded names : Ηράκλειο, Irákleio, Heraclion, Heracleium, Heracleia, Herakleia, Ἡράκλεια, rabḍ al-ḫandaq, ربض الخندق‎, Χάνδαξ, Chándax, Χάνδακας Chándakas, Candia, Candia, Candie, Candy, Kandiye, Megalo Kastro, Μεγάλο Κάστρο, Iraklion

Description : Heraklion or Heraclion (; Greek: Ηράκλειο, Irákleio, pronounced [iˈraklio]) is the largest city and the administrative capital of the island of Crete and capital of Heraklion regional unit. It is the fifth largest city in Greece. According to the results of the 2011 census, the municipality's population was 173,993 and according to the results of 2011 census, the metropolitan area has a population of 225,574 and it extends over an area of 684.3 km2 (264.2 sq mi). The Bronze Age palace of Knossos, also known as the Palace of Minos, is located nearby. Heraklion announced as Europe’s fastest growing tourism destination for 2017, according to Euromonitor, showing an 11.2% growth in international arrivals. According to the ranking, Heraklion was ranked as the 20th most visited region in Europe, as the 66th area on the Planet and as the 2nd in Greece for the year 2017, with 3.2 million visitors and the 19th in Europe for 2018, with 3,4 million visitors [1].

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