Venetian Harbor of Rethymnon
The Venetian Harbor of Rethymnon, next to the modern harbor of the city, with the Egyptian lighthouse is one of the most picturesque areas of the old town. It operated in the Byzantine period (after 961), but flourished during the Venetian period. The Venetians in the 14th century started major projects to facing the problem of siltation, which holds till today. It is one of the most striking sceneries you can see in the town of Rethymnon and you cna combine it with eating at one of the several seaside taverns.
Historical – Folklore Museum of Rethymnon
In the old town of Rethymnon, a Venetian mansion has opened its halls and houses the historical and folk museum of the city. The Venetian building of the Foundation, a historical listed monument of the 17th century, offers the ideal space for the presentation of its collections while the museum’s operation contributes to the protection of the monument. The museum’s exhibition grounds (permanent exhibition) extend into five (5) halls and include mainly traditional craft and folk art items.
Fortress Fortezza in Rethymnon
Fortezza fort dominates the hill Palekastro beside the old town of Rethymnon and is one of the biggest fortresses of the Venetian Era. It has been built on the site of the citadel of ancient Rithimna and the Temple of Artemis Rokkea. The grand pentagonal fort was built in the 1573 and has perimeter 1300m long. Along the walls you will find four bastions (St. Luke, St. Elijah, St. Paul, St. Nicholas).
Chania (also spelled Hania) is the capital city, a place where different civilizations have flourished throughout the centuries. Strolling around the Old Town’s maze-like alleys with the beautiful Venetian mansions, the fountains and the churches will guide you through well-preserved historical monuments.
The city of Chania is built on the area of Minoan Kidonia, at the end of the homonym gulf between Akrotiri and Onicha peninsulas. It was the former capital city of Crete (from 1847 until 1972).