"Wonderful mix of history by the sea on Crete" Rethymno by angiebabe

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the Fortezza of Rethymno

According to my copy of the Rough Guide on Greece the fortress here at Rethymno is possibly the largest surviving Venetian fortress in Europe.

Regardless this is an impressive site in an impressive spot perched above the ancient town and waters around it - particularly at the first glimpse of the fortress walls when turning off the main highway to .

A number of buildings are preserved within the Fortezza, including a mosque with one of the largest domes in Greece, built after the city fell to the Turks in 1646.

With its accompanying attractive views across the old town and 180 degrees of blue waters in the other direction this historical site is well worth a visit for an hour or two.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Fortezza with loads of history and views, fantastic medieval streets and buildings with such a mix of styles, cultures and history!
  • Cons:theres more to see in and around the old town than I realised!! allow enough time to see enough of the wonderful medieval streets and buildings!
  • In a nutshell:well worth a visit!
  • Last visit to Rethymno: May 2008
  • Intro Updated Aug 24, 2008
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  • mingul's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2009 at 3:14 AM

    I will stay in Rethimno in this Crete trip therfore I am looking forward to exploring it and to the Cretan baptism I am about to attend. That will be trully interesting:)

  • SWFC_Fan's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Nice start here, Angela! Rethymno looks like a fairly large town, with plenty of historical sights. You sure got to see plenty of Crete during your stay there! // Nice close up shots of the bees! :-)


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