Crete – Chania old harbor

Crete is the largest island of Greece and the 12th largest island in Europe, divided into four prefectures, Chania, Rethymnon, Heraklion and Lassitthi.

Chania’s harbor was built by the Venetians between 1320 and 1356, known as the Old Port of Chania.

It’s the highlight of this beautiful town of Crete and the most vibrant spot with cafes, taverns and restaurants along with its unique Venetian architecture reflected in the characteristic narrow buildings.

It was a significant stop for the Venetian navy and one of the most important commercial ports in the east Mediterranean. From the Maritime Museum west to the Neoria (shipyards) east, you can admire all its glory and elegance in this romantic part of Crete.

Strolling along the promenade you will spot the characteristic Egyptian Lighthouse which captures the gaze of everyone. Yiali Tzamisi, one of the few remaining examples of Islamic art of the Renaissance period, which was dedicated to the first commander of Chania Kioutsouk Hasan, is sited between Akti Kountourioti and Akti Tombazi.

The (Neoria) are stone characteristic buildings with an arched facade which were used as a repair yard for the Venetian fleet.

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