STAR BEACH in Hersonissos || visit it

Some time during your holiday I'm sure you want to sunbathe and swim. In Hersonissos you will never be far from the beach. If you want energy and party during the day too, then you should simply go to Star Beach waterpark. Just follow the main road heading east of Hersonissos to Stalida and Malia.

An ordinary day at Star Beach starts -in our case- at the gas station near by, where we fill up our hired scooter and try to decide whether today is the day we'll go horseback riding or try the go-cart track. We finally decide that we will leave both for some other day and we park the scooter. We hope we will still remember where we parked it after a full day in Star Beach.

On the way in to the waterpark we always say Hello to the security guard, check out the jewellery for sale and if there are any new pictures on the wall at the photo-shop and Internet-cafe. Every day photographers walk around and take pictures you can admire for free or buy the ones you like.

We pass the supermarket and take a peak at the headlines in the newspapers and feel the atmosphere at "Star".

Thalasocosmos - Aquarium || visit it
The aquarium Thalaokosmos” in Heraklion of Crete offers in his visitors one unusual experience of travel in the mysterious world of sea and marine organisms of Mediterranean. The aquarium Crete aim has to inform and to train for subjects that concern the marine environment, to cause the respect and the solidarity to the unique world of Mediterranean and to inspire small and big they are sensitised and they are mobilised for subjects that concern the healthy future of marine environment.

Does the aquarium occupy extent 5.000m roughly and he is department of wider of buildings group of Thalasokosmos, total extent 60.000m that includes the central building of research & administration 5.500m and the installations of piscicultures AquaLabs 3.500m. Thalassokosmos, as of buildings cluster that entertains activities of research, technology, education and recreation so much as for the size what as for his model planning is the bigger space of Mediterranean in his type. The place of Thalassokosmos is also preferential, after it was developed in the coastal department of former American Base of Water tanks, 15 kilometres from the city of Heraklion and very near the touristest region of Crete that is extended by the Water tanks Heraklion, to the Peninsula and the St. Nikolaos.

The total size of aquarium is related with the installation of many reservoirsof various sizes, certain from which it is really impressively by vol. (60.000 litres). Thus, it became possible it is entertained organisms of big size, shark, rays, [tonnoeidi] etc), exists the necessary vital space for the entertained species as also becomes feasible the representation of natural biotopes of species in their aquariums. The result of this planning contributes in the increase of so much impressiveness what in the information and knowledge that we wish engages the visitor.
Palace of Knossos || visit it

Knossos was undeniably the capital of Minoan Crete. It is grander, more complex, and more flamboyant than any of the other palaces known to us, and it is located about twenty minutes south of the modern port town of Iraklio.

Knossos was inhabited for several thousand years, beginning with a neolithic settlement sometime in the seventh millennium BC, and was abandoned after its destruction in 1375 BC which marked the end of Minoan civilization. The first palace on the low hill beside the Krairatos river was built around 1900 BC on the ruins of previous settlements. It was destroyed for the first time along with the other Protopalatial palaces around Crete at 1700 BC, probably by a large earthquake or foreign invaders. It was immediately rebuilt to an even more elaborate complex and until its abandonment was damaged several times during earthquakes, invasions, and in 1450 BC by the colossal volcanic eruption of Thera, and the invasion of Mycenaeans who used it as their capital as they ruled the island of Crete until 1375 BC.

Arthur Evans, the British Archaeologist who excavated the site in 1900 AD restored large parts of the palace in a way that it is possible today to appreciate the grandeur and complexity of a structure that evolved over several millennia and grew to occupy about 20,000 square meters. Walking through its complex multi-storied buildings one can comprehend why the palace of Knossos was associated with the mythological labyrinth.

Also it is pictured the head of Athina, that was the ancestral view of [Knosion], and Dimitra, one and [Knosioi] prided that they were first that used the wheat as food. But always, in the currencies of Knossos, the all seasons, even in Roman that they portrayed the heads of Romen Supreme, in the other side was portrayed also the Labyrinth.

The city was lived by the neolithiki season round the 6000-5000 eg and constituted the core for the creation of first Greek state, first religion, first art with Greek character. The palace was manufactured on t o elevation Kefala, next to t o river KAirato in the middle of fertile valley, and occupies a extent of 22.000m.

The first Christian years became seat of bishopric, which later, was transported in Rayko. Was completely destroyed by the Arabs and the space was depopulated. In the Venetian domination was created a small settlement with the name Makrytoichos. Knossos cut a lot of currencies. Most depicted Minotayro it keeps in his hand Stone. Still depicted is the is Labyrinth, previously square

Heraklion Historical Museum || visit it

Foundedin 1953 by the Society of Cretan Historical Studies (S.C.H.S.), the Historical Museum of Crete (H.M.C.) presents a comprehensive view of Cretan history from early Christian times to the present day.

The original goal of those founding the Historical Museum of Crete was to collect and preserve valuable archaeological, ethnographic and historical material deriving from the medieval and modern periods in Cretan history.

The process of enriching the collections, extending exhibition space and redefining the museum's aims has never ceased. Prolific research and publishing activity, the organisation of temporary exhibitions, educational programmes and the use of audiovisual media all form part of the modern educational role adopted by the Historical Museum of Crete over time.

The same approach also includes the gradual re-organisation of the collections on display so as to appeal to a wider range of visitors, thus offering them the opportunity to understand the many facets of historical development on Crete.

Does the visitor begin his tour from the Room Andrea . Summer, in which is presented a review of Cretan history with representative exhibits the all collections and the chronological periods. Sovereign exhibit constitutes the effigy of (dimensions 4 x 4 m.) the city of Chandaka(Heraklion) the means of 17th century, season of big acne of city at the Venetian domination. The forty luminous beams that intend the more important monuments, are activated by the visitors.

The collections Kerameikon and Sculptures that follow, are structured chronologically. They begin from A΄ Byzantine period and lead, first in Ottoman and second to the Venetian period. In the frames of this chronological provision have been organised individual thematic units that offer in the visitor moreover information on the conditions of existence of population.

The H.M.C. is home to the following collections:
Medieval and Renaissance Collection
Struggles for Cretan Freedom
Folklore Collection
Nikos Kazantzakis Room
Emmanouil Tsouderos Room

Nikos Kazantzakis was born in Megalokastro, Ottoman Empire, now Iraklion, Crete, as the son of Michael Kazantzakis, a farmer and dealer of in animal feed, and his wife, the former Maria Christodoulzki. Kazantzakis was raised among peasants and although Kazantzakis left Crete as a young man, he returned to his homeland constantly in his art. He attended the Franciscan School of the Holy Cross, Naxos, and the Gymnasium at Herakleion (1899-1902). Kazantzakis then studied four years at the University of Athens, becoming Doctor of Laws in 1906. From 1907 to 1909 he studied philosophy in Paris at the College de France under Henri Bergson.

His first book, "OPHIS KAI KRINO", was published in 1906. In the same year appeared his play "XEMERONEI". During the Balkan Wars he fought as a volunteer in the Greek Army. In 1914 he met Angelos Sikelianos, with whom he travelled to Mount Athos and elsewhere in Greece. Kazantzakis spent many years in public service and in 1919 he was appointed director general at the Greek Ministry of Public Welfare. After the Wars he travelled to many European and Asian countries in 1918 - 1919 to Switzerland and Russia as a senior civil servant, assisting in the repatriation of Greeks from the Caucasus. 1922 - 1924 he lived in Vienna and Berlin. In 1924 returned to Greece and to Crete.  1925 - 1929 made three journeys to Russia. publishing travelogues from his trips (Spain, Egypt-Sina, China-Japan, What I saw in Russia, England etc.).

In 1927 he published the book "ASKITIKI", the main work of his philosophy.1932 - 1933 Travelled to Spain for several months and in 1935 to China and Japan.  In 1936 he reported on the Spanish Civil War as a foreign correspondent for the "Kathimerini" newspaper. Between the 1910s and 1930s Kazantzakis also wrote dramas, verse and travel books, Kazantzakis's major work was the enormous poetic work "ODISSIA" (Odyssey: A Modern Sequel), 33 333 lines long, which he wrote seven times and published in 1938. In 1940 he was invited by the British Council to England, where he spent the first few months of World War Two. In 1940 he returned to Greece and lived on Aegina for the duration of the War and the German occupation. After the war he served as a minister in the Greek government of Aegina. In 1947-48 he worked for UNESCO. In 1948 he moved to Antibes, southern France. While continuing to write, he took a keen interest in the numerous translations and publications of his works around the world. In 28th of June 1956, in Vienna, he was awarded the International Peace Award. In 1957 he lost the Nobel Prize by a single vote to the French writer Albert Camus. In 1957 he travelled to China, where he got ill. Returns to Europe (Copenhagen) and is subsequently transferred to Freiburg University Hospital, where he died of leukemia on26th October 1957. Although Kazantzakis wrote a number of his novels in French, his most celebrated works were composed in the colloquial language of the Cretan working classes. His best-known novel, "Vios kai politeia tou Alexi Zorba (Zorba the Greek)", was made into a popular and highly successful movie (1964).

The story focuses on the relationship of a writer and intellectual, modelled on Kazantzakis, and an uneducated man, Zorba, who drinks, works, loves and lives like a force of nature. His character has been seen as the personification of Henri Bergson's ideas of elan vital. He doesn't care about books, he values more experience and understanding than scholarly learning. The narrator meets Alexis Zorbas in Pireus. He plans to reopen on the island of Crete an abandoned mine and Zorbas becomes his foreman. Kazantzakis weaves the narrator's childhood memories and thoughts against the life and teaching of Zorbas. After a series of tragedies, failures and small victories, the narrator leaves Crete, but asks Zorba to teach him to dance. "How simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea."

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