Fortress in Ierapetra

Kales Fortress

South along the waterfront is the medieval fortress, built in the early years of Venetian rule and strengthened by Francesco Morosini in 1626. Climb to the upper walls (watch your footing) for grand views to the eas…
Museum in Ierapetra

Ierapetra Archaeological Museum

Ierapetra’s small but worthwhile archaeological collection is located in a former school of the Ottoman period. A highlight among a collection of headless classical statuary is an intact statue of the goddess Persep…
Area in Ierapetra

Old Quarter

Inland from the fortress is the labyrinthine old quarter, where you will see a Turkish fountain, the restored mosque with its minaret, and the old churches of Agios Ioannis and Agios Georgios.
Notable Building in Ierapetra

Napoleon’s House

This is where the man himself is said to have stayed incognito with a local family when his ship anchored in Crete for one night in 1798 on the way to Egypt. He apparently left a note revealing his identity. To find…
Notable Building in Ierapetra

Town Hall

Church in Ierapetra

Agios Georgios

Dating from the 12th century this ancient church was the sight of baptisms and now sits at a lower level to the street beside it and is easy to miss.
Church in Ierapetra

Agios Ioannis Church

Mosque in Ierapetra


This beautiful mosque built by the turks has a delicate fountain close by to it and a finely wrought minaret.
Fountain in Ierapetra

Turkish Fountain