The Fontana Morosini ('Lions') is the best-known fountain in Heraklion, serving as a landmark for locals and visitors alike. Following recent restoration work, it is now one of the city's finest monuments. The eight-lobed basin rests on an ornate three-stepped pedestal. It is adorned with reliefs of scenes from mythology and marine life, such as Tritons and dolphins, together with coats of arms. Above the basin are four lions from whose mouth water flowed. The fountain was originally crowned with an outsize statue of Poseidon, which was later destroyed, probably in an earthquake.
The Fontana Morosini in 1900, as photographed by R. Behaeddin (R. Behaeddin, Vikelaia Municipal Library, Heraklion)
Marine style relief designs adorning the fountain, 2004 (photograph: Vassilis Kozonakis)
The fountain and the Loggia (Venetian nobles' club), both projects carried out by F. Morosini, 2004 (photograph: Vassilis Kozonakis)
The Palazzo Ducale as depicted in the Maneas Klontzas Codex, first half of 17th century (Maneas Klontzas, Traeger Collection)
Another view of the fountain, taken in the early 20th century, 1900 (R. Behaeddin, Vikelaia Municipal Library, Heraklion)
The Fontana Morosini, with the Defterdar Mosque (converted Church of St. Mark) in the background (Historical Museum of Crete, © S.C.H.S, Heraklion)