Crete: Chania and Rethymno
Toaday I would like to invite you to visit two beautiful Venetian towns: Chania and Rethymno. Both towns have a Venetian Harbour, fortress, old churches, mosques and synagogues. They attract thousands of tourists with their restaurants, narrow streets cute shops and many other attractions.
One of the main cities, the elegant Venetian-era port town of Chania, lies on the north coast of Crete. Chania was Crete’s capital until 1971, when Heraklion took over. Remnants of Venetian and Turkish architecture abound with old townhouses now transformed into hotels, restaurants and shops.
The eastern side of the old Venetian Harbour is dominated by the Mosque of Kioutsouk Hasan, now an exhibition hall.
Rethymno also lies on the north coast, between Chania and Heraklion. This small town is busy all year long because of its large student population. During the Venetian period Rethymno became a gem of Italian architecture. After a late 16th century attack by the pirate Barbarossa, the Venetians strengthened the city’s protective system by building ramparts and a fortress.
Rimondi Fountain with its lions’ heads built in 1626:
Two amazing towns, people find it difficult to decide which one is more beautiful. Next we are going to Thessaloniki, See you there!