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OLD TOWN

Massive fortifications protect the Eastern and Western approaches to the city. Laid in the 16th century, using the time’s latest engineering techniques, three massive gates allowed passage in the city’s confines. Two of them (Ammou and Tophana), as well as the smaller Portaki gate, stand today.

KASTELI

Squat in the centre of the Old Town, stands the low hill of Kasteli. Recent archaeological digs have unearthed evidence of Kasteli’s major importance as an urban centre during Minoan times. The district, surrounded by walls-within-the-walls, hosted rich Turco-Cretan family dwellings, acquiring thus its unique architectural character.

VENETIAN PORT

Walk along Tombazi, Kountourioti and Enoseos quays, taking in the sites (Yali mosque, Venetian shipyards and Grand Arsenal). Walk across the breakwater and reach the bastion of “Agios Nikolaos of Molos”. Your stroll will lead you, in time for the sunset, to the foot of the Egyptian Lighthouse.

OLD TOWN

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Chania’s stratified cultural heritage present the visitor with an unrivaled opportunity to sample wildly different tastes and sights, all within the confines of the city. Built within Venetian walls, Chania can be fully experienced only through long leisurely walks. Your exploration should start from the Syntrivani (Water fountain or El. Venizelos square), in the city’s tourist centre. The small plaza, named after the massive fountain erected there in ancient times (part of the fountain can be seen today in the city’s Archaeological Museum), is attracting locals seeking a relaxing setting. If you decide to walk in a Westerly direction right under the Venetian walls, you’ll come across Ovraiki and Topana neighbourhoods, the former being the old Jewish district and the latter the Venetian arsenal. In Ovraiki, visit the Etz Hayyim synagogue, holding services again since 1999.
If you pick an Easterly direction for your walk, you’ll end up in Splanzia, the city’s old Muslim district and one of Chania’s most interesting and picturesque. The church of Agios Nikolaos, turned into a mosque during the Ottoman years, retains today its towering minaret. On the way to Splanzia, stop at the Mahairadika (knife makers) to purchase finely decorated daggers. Returning from your tour of Splianza, along Tsouderos street, visit “Shoemaker street”, Stivanadika, where makers of these traditional Cretan boots sell their wares.


KASTELI

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Squat in the centre of the Old Town, stands the low hill of Kasteli. Recent archaeological digs have unearthed evidence of Kasteli’s major importance as an urban centre during Minoan times. The district, surrounded by walls-within-the-walls, hosted rich Turco-Cretan family dwellings, acquiring thus its unique architectural character.


VENETIAN PORT

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Walk along Tombazi, Kountourioti and Enoseos quays, taking in the sites (Yali mosque, Venetian shipyards and Grand Arsenal). Walk across the breakwater and reach the bastion of “Agios Nikolaos of Molos”. Your stroll will lead you, in time for the sunset, to the foot of the Egyptian Lighthouse.


VENETIAN WALLS

Massive fortifications protect the Eastern and Western approaches to the city. Laid in the 16th century, using the time’s latest engineering techniques, three massive gates allowed passage in the city’s confines. Two of them (Ammou and Tophana), as well as the smaller Portaki gate, stand today.

YALI MOSQUE

Also known as Janissaries mosque, the edifice presents one of the finest examples of eclectic Ottoman architecture. Built in the 17th century, the elegant mosque with its downsized cupolas, lords over the Venetian port.

MUSEUMS

Visit the Archaeological Museum of Chania, housed in the exquisite church of the St. Francis Venetian monastery, and its exciting archaeological collection.

VENETIAN WALLS

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Massive fortifications protect the Eastern and Western approaches to the city. Laid in the 16th century, using the time’s latest engineering techniques, three massive gates allowed passage in the city’s confines. Two of them (Ammou and Tophana), as well as the smaller Portaki gate, stand today.
Venetian shipyards & Grand Arsenali
Walking along the Venetian harbor to the East, a row of covered, arched buildings catches the eye. These are the Venetian shipyards, winter haven for Venice’s fleet. The largest of them, known today as the Great Arsenal, was successively used as a hospital, a school, a shipyard and a theatre. Today, the Arsenal has been artfully transformed into a multidisciplinary cultural venue.


YALI MOSQUE

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Also known as Janissaries mosque, the edifice presents one of the finest examples of eclectic Ottoman architecture. Built in the 17th century, the elegant mosque with its downsized cupolas, lords over the Venetian port.


MUSEUMS

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Visit the Archaeological Museum of Chania, housed in the exquisite church of the St. Francis Venetian monastery, and its exciting archaeological collection.
Opening Hours: Tu-Su 08:30-15:00
Firka's fort - Naval Museum
On the harbor’s NW edge stands Firka’s Fort. By stringing a chain from its bastion to the opposite quay, the fort’s guardians were able to effectively lock Chania’s harbor. In its entrance, a bright red building houses the city’s naval museum, home to over 2,500 items of nautical interest, as well as an exact replica of a Minoan ship, with space for 24 oarsmen.
Opening hours: Tu-Su 09:00-15:00

Where
Archeological: 25, Halidon str., T:+30 2821090334, Naval: Kountouriotis quay, T:+30 2821091875
EGYPTIAN LIGHTHOUSE

A true jewel of Chania, the lighthouse is one of the oldest of its kind still standing. Built by Venetians in the early 17th century, it acquired its present form in the mid-19th century, thanks to restorations ordered by Mehmet Ali, Ottoman viceroy of Egypt, hence the name “Egyptian lighthouse”. Don't miss the sunset from the foot of the tower.

CHANIA BYZANTINE COLLECTION

The city’s history is revealed in this rich collection of Byzantine and post-Byzantine art, located in San Salvatore’s church, on the bastion of the same name, comprising mosaics, Christian icons, ceramics, rare coins and votive offerings.

MUNICIPAL MARKET

The huge covered municipal market, in the city centre, was inaugurated in 1913, while its design is modeled on Marseille’s covered marketplace. Seek out products and Cretan delicacies of outstanding quality.

EGYPTIAN LIGHTHOUSE

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A true jewel of Chania, the lighthouse is one of the oldest of its kind still standing. Built by Venetians in the early 17th century, it acquired its present form in the mid-19th century, thanks to restorations ordered by Mehmet Ali, Ottoman viceroy of Egypt, hence the name “Egyptian lighthouse”. Don't the sunset from the foot of the tower.


CHANIA BYZANTINE COLLECTION

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The city’s history is revealed in this rich collection of Byzantine and post-Byzantine art, located in San Salvatore’s church, on the bastion of the same name, comprising mosaics, Christian icons, ceramics, rare coins and votive offerings.
Opening Hours: Tu-Su 08:00-14:00
Ticket price: 2 euros, 1 euro concessions

Where
82, Theotokopoulou str., T +30 2821096046

MUNICIPAL MARKET

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The huge covered municipal market, in the city centre, was inaugurated in 1913, while its design is modeled on Marseille’s covered marketplace. Seek out products and Cretan delicacies of outstanding quality.