Rethymno

The region had been settled for the first time in pre-historic years. The ancient town of Rethimna was highly developed during the 4th and 3rd century B.C. A time of decadence followed, until Rethimnon became an important town again during the time of the Venetians. In 1646, the town was occupied by the Turks and in 1897 by the Russians, until the whole of Crete joined Greece in 1913.

Today, Rethimnon is a unique mixture of old and modern architecture, while culture plays an important role in the town's life. Its symbol is the small Venetian harbor with the narrow, high buildings, and the old Turkish canons. Walking past the Loggia, you can visit the archeological museum, while at the Fortezza, the old fortress, you can enjoy your coffee together with a unique view. One can find many churches in the old town, but also several Turkish mosques are preserved reminding us of the Turkish occupation.

The little fishing village of Panormo was called Kastelli in ancient times, and parts of the old city wall are preserved until today, next to the church of Saint George.

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Rethymno
Rethymno
Rethymno
Rethymno