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“Hidden away behind cafe parasols”
Review of Turkish Pumphouse

Turkish Pumphouse
Ranked #38 of 100 things to do in Heraklion
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 19 September 2013

As you approach the southern end of Odos 1866, you enter into Kornarou Square where you will find a couple of attractions of interest. The first one, which you will see to your right is the Turkish Pumphouse, or "sebil", partially obscured usually by a couple of large parasols from the adjacent cafe which it is now part of.

The Pumphouse has been extensively restored, and features octagonal sides and a pretty, red-tiled roof which hangs over each of the eight sides. It dates from the 18th century and was built to convey water from the nearby Bembo Fountain ( which had already been there for two hundred years) to other parts of the city. It was built by Hatzi Ibrahim who by all accounts, insisted that winter snow was brought from the slopes of Mt Psiloritis to quench the thirst of local Irakliots.

It is generally regarded as the most beautiful of all "sebils" built in Greece

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