The most central square in Heraklion is called Eleftherias Square, and it is located in the heart of the commercial centre of the city. During the Venetian rule, the square was a training ground for the Venetian mercenary army while during the 16th century A.D after the creation of the Agios Georgios gate, it was renamed to Agios Georgios square.
Nowadays, the modern square with marble and minimal style has a European flair, and it is a meeting point for locals during the day.
In the eastern part of Eleftherias Square you will see the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, and in the centre of the square you will come across the statue of the Unknown Soldier, dating back to the 20th century, where local authorities lay wreaths on National Days but also on the anniversary of the Battle of Crete, to honour those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of their country. The 4* Capsis Astoria hotel is also found here.