THE VENETIAN HARBOUR OF RETHYMNO 2017-02-13T21:29:26+03:00

The Venetian Harbour of Rethymno was of great strategic importance during the Venetian period. It was only able to accommodate small ships. From 1300 until today, the Venetian port has undergone numerous constructions. The 1618 wall that surrounds the port from the east is restored today with some recent interventions and additions. The original lighthouse was constructed during the Turkish period. The building on the southeast part of the port was constructed in 1931 and functioned as a customs office.

The Venetian harbour of Rethymno no longer provides moorings for Venetian galleys and Turkish warships, but the fishing boats rocking on the water make a serene and pretty picture. In summer the harbour is bustling with life, as the tavernas set their tables outside and invite passers-by to try their Greek or foreign cooking. Also, there are daily boat trips from Rethymno to nearby beaches. Some of the boats look like old wooden sailing ships, complementing the nostalgic atmosphere of the Venetian harbour.

Archaeological Museum

The Archaeological Museum near the fortifications’ entrance features a large collection of artifacts relating the rich history of excavations in the region.

Historical and Folklore Museum

The Historical and Folklore Museum is housed in a restored Venetian building with an interior courtyard. Eight halls with collections that include textile and basket weaving,
embroidery & lace, costumes, ceramics, historic photographs and maps, weapons and coins. Over 5.000 items dating from the 17th to the 20th century are displayed.

The Venetian Loggia

The Venetian Loggia an elegant building of the 16th century, that used to be a Venetian gentlemens’s club and today houses the information office of the ministry of culture and a sales point of the archaeological museum.

Rimondi fountain

Rimondi fountain with rich decoration is situated at Platanos square, the centre of the Venetian town. It was built in 1626, by A.Rimondi, in order to provide the citizens with drinkable water.

Veli Pasa Mosque

Veli Pasa Mosque with nine domes shape its silhouette is today the paleontological museum of Rethymno

Kara Mousa Pasa Mosque

Kara Mousa Pasa Mosque a venetian monastery that was turned into mosque by the Turks

Neratzes mosque

Neratzes mosque formerly the Holy Virgin church, was converted into a mosque by the Ottomans. Today it is used as a music conservatory. Outstanding elements of this building are the doorframe and the three domes. Next to the mosque there is the impressive minaret, built in 1890.

The church of St Francis

The church of St Francis was built in the Venetian period as the Franciscan Friary church. It is a single-aisled basilica with a wooden roof and an ornate Renaissance doorway in the Corinthian style. Two chapels are also preserved east of the church.The Turks converted the building into a poorhouse. They also built a girls’ school next door in 1796 but the original building has been destroyed. The old school visible today – and still used as a primary school – was built in 1890

The municipal garden is ideal for those in search of shade and tranquility.Throughout the year various activities are organized which draw a large crowd.

Guora Gate the entrance to the Venetian town is the only remnant of the defensive wall.