A visit to Nikos Kazantzakis grave


At the top of the Martinengo Bastion, which is part of the Venetian fortifications that protected the city during the Venetian occupation, lies the tomb of the great Cretan writer, Nikos Kazantzakis.

Nikos Kazantzakis, born on 18th February 1883 in the city of Heraklion, was one of the most important modern Greek writers. Nikos Kazantzakis became known with his work all around the world and until this day he is the most translated Greek author worldwide.

At the request of Kazantzakis himself, his tomb lies at the Martinengo Bastion, the highest point of the Venetian Walls, looking out over the whole city of Heraklion. The grave is simple, with a large wooden cross, and his epitaph reads: “I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.”

This spot is one of the few amazing places where you can enjoy the panoramic view of the city of Heraklion.

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