Monuments & Sights of Crete

Numerous monuments, big and small, can be seen scattered in urban, coastal and inland areas of Crete: Venetian fortresses and castles, Byzantine churches, Turkish mosques, monuments of vernacular architecture and other noteworthy buildings, as well as locations which have left their mark in the history of the island, or others that were marked themselves by the conquerors who ruled in the island, down the centuries. 

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The old town of Chania embodies the long history of the city; in the picturesque alleys, visitors can see the marks left by every civilization that has settled here for a period of time in the past. Venetian, Ottoman, Neoclassical monuments and architectural elements, old neighbourhoods, historical sites and a lot of local colour characterize the old town of Chania, which is justly called by some “Venice of the East”. 

  • location Chania city, Chania, Chania
  • type Architecture, Abandoned Monastery, Church, Other type
  • site condition/facilities Open-Well preserved

The city of Chaniawas surrounded by walls already in the Byzantine era. The Byzantine fortification had an irregular shape and enclosed the hill of Kasteli. These walls, which were built with stones detached from the ruins of Ancient Kidonia, were repaired in 1252 by the Venetian conquerors, who built a new city within the walls, following a new city plan. 

  • location Chania city, Chania, Chania
  • type Fortifications, Castle
  • site condition/facilities Open-Well preserved

The Municipal Market of Chania is a particularly lively spot, full of colours, scents and constant movement.

  • location Chania city, Chania, Chania
  • type Architecture
  • site condition/facilities Open-Well preserved

The Panagia Trimartiri is considered as the protector of the city of Chania. The central aisle is dedicated to the Presentation of the Virgin Mary (Isodia tis Theotokou), which is celebrated on November 21. The northern aisle is dedicated to St. Nicholas (Agios Nikolaos) and the southern aisle to the Three Cappadocian Fathers (Tris Ierarhes).

  • location Halidon Street, Chania, Chania
  • type Church
  • site condition/facilities Open-Well preserved

In the last years of the Turkish rule, when the city was suffocating inside restrictive walls, the need for free space for recreation was very intense. 

  • location A. Papandreou & Tzanakaki, Chania, Chania
  • type Architecture, Other type
  • site condition/facilities Open-Well preserved

On the way to Akrotiri, at a location which offers a magnificent view, one can visit the tombs of Eleftherios and Sofoklis Venizelos

  • location Chalepa, Chania, Chania
  • type Other type
  • site condition/facilities Open-Well preserved

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