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. 


The Nerantze Mosque is one of the most impressive and best preserved monuments of the old town of Rethymnon which, like many other buildings, underwent changes, as did the city itself. 

  • location Mikrasiaton Square, Rethymnon city, Rethymno, Rethymno
  • type Architecture
  • site condition/facilities Open-Well preserved

The Guora Gate is all that is left from the Venetian fortification of Rethymnon. This magnificent gate, which was named after the Venetian rector (= governor) Giacomo Guoro, it has an opening 2,60 m wide. It used to be the main entrance to the walled city and it led to the central square, where were the most important public buildings of Rethymnon (the Loggia, the Rimondi fountain, the Clock tower).

  • location Four Martyrs Square, in the city of Rethymno, Rethymno, Rethymno
  • type Fortifications
  • site condition/facilities Open-Well preserved
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