A point of reference among locals and visitors alike, Eleftheriou Venizelou Square -the locals call it Lions Square or just Lions- is the most lively spot in the city, day or night, during the whole year.
With the characteristic Morozini fountain, with the 4 lions -water gushing from their mouths-, it was renamed Eleftheriou Venizelou Square in honour of the leader who fought for Crete to become part of the rest of Greece, and later on Prime Minister of the country Eleftherios Venizelos.
Going back to the when the Arabs were in the area (9th-10th century), this is where the largest slave market took place in the whole of the East Mediterranean, while during the Byzantine period (10th-113th century) the Byzantine governor's residence was here. In the north part of the square, during the Venetian rule (13th- 17th century) the Palace of the Venetian Duke was built here (Palazze Ducale).
Nowadays, Lions Square is very busy as there are cafes, bars and tavernas all around it, while many people come here every day. The 25th August pedestrian street starts here, going all the way to Koules, the picturesque port of Heraklion.