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Venetian Fountain of Mousouta
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Prefecture: Heraclion
Address: Mousouta
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Venetian Fountain of Mousouta


In the settlement of Mousoutas, which dates back to 1373, lies the famous Venetian fountain of Mousoutas. The monument was recorded by Gerola, when it was found in the region, dating from the 14th century, as the settlement itself. The fountain has a lion head on its surface and it is situated at the side of the central square of the village.
 


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