Eleftherias Square (meaning “Freedom Square”) is the largest square at the heart of the city that bursts of life during all hours of day and night. It is a favorite meeting point for all age groups who enjoy their coffee at the cafés around the square as well as for youngsters who engage into activities like skateboard. The square is crowned by the Monument to the Unknown Soldier, the modern gate of Agios Georgios (St. George) and the neoclassical building that houses the administration buildings of the Region of Crete. The eastern part of the square is adorned with one of the oldest and most important museums in Greece, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Visitors and locals can enjoy a number of events and exhibitions taking place on Eleftherias Square throughout the year, especially during the Christmas period, when the whole square is turned into a small, magical Christmas village. It is worth mentioning that during the Venetian rule, the space taken today by the Eleftherias Square was used for the training of the Venetian mercenary army. Due to those times, the square is also known as Campo Marzio or Piazza d’ Armi.
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• Enjoy your coffee or dessert in one of the beautiful, modern and traditional, cafés located around the square. (COFFEE) • You can also visit the restaurants at Megaron Ntoré and enjoy your food or drink along with the amazing view of the city center and the port of Heraklion. (MODERN ASIAN CUISINE) • For the easy-going foodies, take the chance to taste the traditional souvlaki or gyros wrapped in pita bread in one of the grill houses located around the corner, at Daskalogianni Square. (FAST FOOD)