1866 Street

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The Bembo Fountain is located at the end of 1866 street on which there is also the central market of Heraklion. The street name refers to one of the most important Cretan uprisings to overthrow the Turkish yoke. The Heraklion central market is full of shops selling souvenirs, fruit and vegetables, herbs and spices, cheese and meat, along with small cafés and traditional restaurants (tavernas). The roads running at right angles to left and right of the market contain more shops, supermarkets, a bank and an indoor car park. Moreover, on Karterou Street there are the fishmongers. The central market was once the place where the inhabitants did their daily shopping. Today the street markets in the suburbs have largely replaced it. However, the central market still remains a special part of Heraklion, with its shops squeezed next to each other, always full of people, busy and ‘old-fashioned’ in a charming way compared to the neighbouring commercial streets with their flashy windows. The central market is located in the heart of the city. There are remnants of the Venetian rule hidden between or even inside the shops such as a Venetian archway in the Koudoumas coffee shop or a 16th-century church surrounded by buildings built later on 1866-Tsikritzi-Evans streets.

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