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From the waterfront turning inside the town, there is the old town of Rethymno, with narrow streets, Venetian and Turkish houses, minarets and fountains. The old part ends at Porta Guora and continues with newer buildings to the south, up to the hills.


Porta Guora

The gate is all that is left from the walls, built in the late 16th century by the Venetians to protect the town, It was the main entrance to the town and it was originally topped with the symbol of Venice, the Lion of Saint Mark, which is saved in […]

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Veli Pasa Mosque and its minaret

The mosque is believed that it was built on top of the Venetian church of Agios Onoufrios. It was surrounded by an Islamic monastery, of which 13 continuous cells have been preserved. The mosque has 9 domes and the oldest surviving minaret in Rethymno (1789). The building has been restored […]

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Kara Mousa Pasa Mosque

Before a Venetian monastery dedicated to Saint Barbara, it was transformed to a mosque after the Turkish occupation. There is a Turkish fountain next to the entrance of the mosque on Arkadiou str., and another one inside, facing the mosque. Today it is the house of the maintenance workshop of […]

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Neratzes mosque and its minaret

The most majestic and most luxurious of the five surviving mosques from the original eight. Previously the Santa Maria church, it was converted in 1657 into the central mosque of the town from the Turks. It is topped with three domes, which replaced the tiled roof of the Venetian church […]

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Saint Francisco’s church

This Venetian-built church in the type of single-aisled wooden-roofed basilica was the catholic Franciscan order’s monastery. The Corinthian style doorframe of the entrance with its decoration is of particular architectural significance. Inside, the visitors can admire the detailed work of skilled craftsmen. Today it is the temporary home of the […]

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The most important surviving Venetian building. It was built in the middle of the 16th century as a gathering place of the nobility, for politics, economics or entertainment. The building is one of the characteristic examples of Renaissance architecture in Rethymno. During the Turkish occupation it was converted into a […]

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Fortezza castle

At the place where the ancient acropolis was, the reference landmark of Rethymno and the largest fortress in Crete, it dominates the town, overlooking the sea and the town, offering wonderful views to the coast and the whole town. It was built in1573 by the Venetians, to protect the population […]

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Ibrahim Han Mosque

A landmark of Rethymno, inside Fortezza. Originally the Cathedral of St. Nicolas, built in 1583 during the Venetian possession, the church was converted into a mosque during the Turkish occupation in 1648, by the Sultan Ibrahim Khan. Its impressive semi-spherical 11m diameter dome is one of the largest in Greece. […]

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Venetian harbour

One of the most picturesque spots in Rethymno. It is protected from the waves and the enemies by a long pier with a high stone wall, built by the Venetians in the 13th century, which still survives today, almost intact. Overlooking the entrance of the Venetian harbour, on the edge […]

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Rimondi fountain

Rebuilt in 1626, by the Venetian Governor A. Rimondi, on the foundations of the older one, to provide the population with drinkable water. Rich in architectural and sculptural decoration, it is located in the liveliest area of the old town. Water still runs today from three lions’ heads into three […]

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