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Rethymnon Area

Rethymnon Old Town

Rethymnon city is the capital of Rethymnon county, third in size and still preserves its Medieval and Renaissance touch in the old part of it which lies under the walls of its sleepless guard, the Venetian fortress Fortezza.

The old town of Rethymnon is very well-preserved and combines the oriental features of the Turkish period with Renaissance-style Venetian architecture.It is indeed a living museum of monuments of past centuries. It inspires full of charm and the visitors will have the opportunty to admire 16th century buildings, Byzantine, Hellenic and Roman remains,  a lot of arched doorways and stone staircases, narrow stone-paved streets, the municipal gardens and the small Venetian harbour which has kept its picturesque and authentic aspect and character.

Porta Guora, the fountain Rimondi, the church of Santa Maria which today serves as an Academy for Music, the Basilica of Agios Fragiskos are some of the most significant Venetian monuments of the old town. The coastal zone with the beautiful beach and the Venetian harbour with its picturesque narrow alleys and the open-hearted people, offer their generous hospitality, in the vast blue setting of the Cretan sea. The beautiful city of Rethymno is combining an old- time aristocratic appearance with a modern aspect, a blend which is creating a unique and magical atmosphere.

The Loggia, a wonderful square Venetian building dating from the late 16th century is the most characteristic Renaissance monument of Rethymnon's old town. It was turned into a mosque by the Turks when they conquered Rethymno and a minaret was added to its western side.

The Turks, also made full use of the existing Venetian public and private buildings, which they altered according to their needs and customs. The Mosques and the Turkish School which was built in 1796, and located close to the Church of Saint Francis are just two of the many fine examples of Turkish architecture preserved and scattered around the narrow streets of the old town.

The Historical - Folk Museum of Rethymnon exhibiting collections of woven fabrics and embroidery, weaving equipment, pottery and baskets, metalwork, coins, costumes, historical items, etc. worths a visit and will help the visitors to feel even more the history of the old town.



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