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Daidalou Street description and photos - Greece: Heraklion (Crete). Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The title in English is Daidalou Street.
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Daedalu Street is located in the center of Heraklion, starting from the Astoria Hotel, on the northwest side of Eleftherias Square. The entire street is a pedestrian zone lined with offices, shops and souvenir shops. The road leads to the Lions - the fountain in Eleftheriou Venizelou Square, where the largest number of music shops in Heraklion is located.
The street is named after Daedalus, a genius master, a symbol of scientific and technological progress in Minoan myths. Thanks to his inventions, the Minotaur and the Labyrinth appeared, he and his son Icarus were the first Greek "aviators".
The history of Daedalus Street is closely intertwined with the history of Heraklion itself: the first settlements arose in these places. The Arab-Byzantine wall (9-10th century AD) runs parallel to the street. ) - the oldest fortification of the city. During the Arab and Byzantine periods, this was the southern limit of Heraklion, there were no dwellings further south. In the 9th century, walking along the route from west to east, down the Daedalus, you would have walked along the city wall on the right, and there would be vegetable gardens on the left.
Only a few tiny sections remain from the Arab-Byzantine wall today, hidden inside shops or between houses. With the expansion of Heraklion, the old walls were used for construction or as part of houses, since they no longer fulfilled their main function.
During the period of Turkish rule, Daedalus was a narrow alley with coffee shops and shops, with a dizzying aroma of hookah and grilled coffee.
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