Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain)

Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain)

Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain)
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  • Nathan
    Manchester, United Kingdom109 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see place if your visiting Heraklion.
    It is named after Francesco Morosini, Crete’s Italian governor at the time. The fountain was constructed to bring water from Archanes Village (Youchtas Mountain) to the thirsty Heraklion city. The fountain is decorated with lions which are a symbol of Venetian power and water gushes from their mouths. The top of the fountain has a marble Poseidon statue holding his triden. You can sit back in one of the restaurants and watch the locals pass by.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written June 19, 2023
  • Skeney57
    Sydney, Australia23,993 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thank Francesco I Reckon?
    The Morozini Fountain dates back to 1629 and was built during the Venetian rule of Crete and named after the governor of that time. Still looks pretty good for nearly 400 years old and still works as well. Garnished with several lions it catches your eye as you stroll the area.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Akaki
    Tbilisi, Georgia19 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Look at it as you walk by.
    It's a beautiful fountain with lots of details on it. It has nice surrounding too with cafes full of people, however because of that sitting down to watch fountain in peace, to observe every detail, isn't possible, so, in my opinion, it's more of an atmosphere, than the fountain itself, that people find pleasing, but make no mistake fountain is beautiful. You should still see it as you are walking on the main street
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written August 24, 2023
  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia2,023 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceptional detail to fountain
    Really good fountain to see and photograph, located in the very heart of the city and surrounded my many restaurants. Detail to lion fountain is really cool, and being hundreds of years old makes it even more remarkable, atmosphere around fountain is great with kids enjoying the sight. I was there on a nice sunny day and enjoyed it immensely.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written September 25, 2023
  • ANGELO V
    Milan, Italy4,176 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Morosini fountain
    The Morosini fountain, or Lion fountain, is in the main square of Heraklion. It was built during the Venetian rule of Crete, and it offered a solution to the problem of supplying Heraklion with water, providing 1,000 barrels of water a day. The fountain of the lions was the work of the Provveditore Generale (Superintendent) Francesco Morosini and the engineers Zorzi Corner, Raffaello Monnani and Francesco Basilicata. Thanks to Morosini, water from Archanes on Mt Juktas reached Heraklion along a 15-kilometre-long aqueduct. The work took 14 months to complete and the fountain was inaugurated on 25 April 1628.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written October 25, 2023
  • nnmercman
    Camberley, United Kingdom14,035 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shuttered when we visited
    The fountain’s in a small square surrounded by cafes at an intersection at the top end of Ave 25 August. Unfortunately the fountain was not working and the area closed off when we visited. Somebody was on the inside taking photos and so maybe it needs restoration work? There was a notice pinned to the surround but it was only in Greek
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 25, 2023
  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada7,272 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Fountain on the 25th of August Street
    This is a touristy but charming area and the fountain is worth a quick stop. This was designed by Morozini back in 1629 and is in the middle of a historical square that has been a significant part of Crete for around a thousand years. The fountain was made originally by the Venetians to provide drinking water to the people of the city. There are many nice cafes, restaurants and shops in this area. It is about a 15 minute walk from the port area and there are quite a few other historical attractions nearby. The fountain is a quick stop if you're walking by but could be a long stop if you choose to sit at a nearby bench or grab a bite to eat.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 25, 2024
  • Adrian D
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom748 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Beautiful Discovery
    This is a beautiful fountain in Heraklion. We stumbled across it during a wander up into the town from the harbour. The fountain is in Eleftheriou Venizelou square and is surrounded by shops and restaurants. The fountain was made in 1629 during the Venetian era and is definitely worth a visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 9, 2024
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Adrian D
Edinburgh, UK748 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is a beautiful fountain in Heraklion. We stumbled across it during a wander up into the town from the harbour. The fountain is in Eleftheriou Venizelou square and is surrounded by shops and restaurants. The fountain was made in 1629 during the Venetian era and is definitely worth a visit.
Written May 9, 2024
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada7,272 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This is a touristy but charming area and the fountain is worth a quick stop. This was designed by Morozini back in 1629 and is in the middle of a historical square that has been a significant part of Crete for around a thousand years. The fountain was made originally by the Venetians to provide drinking water to the people of the city.

There are many nice cafes, restaurants and shops in this area. It is about a 15 minute walk from the port area and there are quite a few other historical attractions nearby. The fountain is a quick stop if you're walking by but could be a long stop if you choose to sit at a nearby bench or grab a bite to eat.
Written March 25, 2024
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tammyBaltimore_Md
Baltimore, MD3,819 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Sits in pretty big square with restaurants all around, unfortunately no water coming out, only laying in the bottom of fountain, no coins either.
Written November 10, 2023
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beth ann k
Halstead, KS1,805 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Definitely a landmark, and right at the beginning of the tourist market (which we enjoyed walking through).
Written November 2, 2023
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Anna
Tychy, Poland109 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Business
During my stay, the fountain was surrounded by a fence through which little was visible. It didn't work, there was no water in it.
Written October 31, 2023
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nnmercman
Camberley, UK14,035 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The fountain’s in a small square surrounded by cafes at an intersection at the top end of Ave 25 August. Unfortunately the fountain was not working and the area closed off when we visited. Somebody was on the inside taking photos and so maybe it needs restoration work? There was a notice pinned to the surround but it was only in Greek
Written October 25, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

ANGELO V
Milan, Italy4,176 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
The Morosini fountain, or Lion fountain, is in the main square of Heraklion. It was built during the Venetian rule of Crete, and it offered a solution to the problem of supplying Heraklion with water, providing 1,000 barrels of water a day.

The fountain of the lions was the work of the Provveditore Generale (Superintendent) Francesco Morosini and the engineers Zorzi Corner, Raffaello Monnani and Francesco Basilicata. Thanks to Morosini, water from Archanes on Mt Juktas reached Heraklion along a 15-kilometre-long aqueduct. The work took 14 months to complete and the fountain was inaugurated on 25 April 1628.
Written October 25, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jason S
Melbourne, Australia2,023 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Really good fountain to see and photograph, located in the very heart of the city and surrounded my many restaurants.

Detail to lion fountain is really cool, and being hundreds of years old makes it even more remarkable, atmosphere around fountain is great with kids enjoying the sight.

I was there on a nice sunny day and enjoyed it immensely.
Written September 25, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Akaki
Tbilisi, Georgia19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Family
It's a beautiful fountain with lots of details on it. It has nice surrounding too with cafes full of people, however because of that sitting down to watch fountain in peace, to observe every detail, isn't possible, so, in my opinion, it's more of an atmosphere, than the fountain itself, that people find pleasing, but make no mistake fountain is beautiful. You should still see it as you are walking on the main street
Written August 24, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Skeney57
Sydney, Australia23,993 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The Morozini Fountain dates back to 1629 and was built during the Venetian rule of Crete and named after the governor of that time. Still looks pretty good for nearly 400 years old and still works as well. Garnished with several lions it catches your eye as you stroll the area.
Written July 23, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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