Chania, Crete, Greece


The Old Town’s pastel colored houses form a tightly hugged semicircle around the harbor, split by narrow alleyways, Chania, Crete, Greece


The first town in Crete (which is the largest of the Greek islands) to fall into Turkish hands in 1645, Chania (or Hania) now shows no signs of the ancient conflict.  The Old Town’s pastel colored houses form a tightly hugged semicircle around the harbor, split by narrow alleyways.  Old Town is best known for its Venetian monuments and aristocratic dwellings.  In the center of it lies the Venetian Harbor, one of the most picturesque ports in the country.  At the end of the pier stands the Faros lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in Greece (and the world), built by the Venetian Navy at the turn of the 16th century.  The former Venetian Great Arsenal still stands, as do seven Venetian arsenali (dry-docks).



The Venetian Harbor of Chania, Crete, Greece, showing some of the historic Venetian dockyards (the buildings on the far left) dating back to 1467



Venetian dockyards dating back to 1467, Chania, Crete, Greece



One of the city’s many horse-drawn carriages in front of the Lighthouse of Chania (circa 1595-1601) is one of the oldest lighthouses in Greece and the Mediterranean, but also in the world, Chania, Crete, Greece



Our ship anchored in front of Talo Square, Chania, Crete, Greece



Kioutsouk Hasan mosque (Giali Camici) is unique in Chania, Crete, Greece, as it is the only one of the preserved mosques of the city that was constructed during the second half of the 17th century



The Greek Orthodox Cathedral Church of Chania (also known as the Church of the Trimartyri) was completed in 1860 on the site of an older Venetian temple for Virgin Mary, Chania, Crete, Greece



The Temple of St. Rocco, Chania, Crete, Greece



Remains of the Venetian era, propped up by a modern building occupied by Chania Diving, who took us on a nice snorkeling excursion, Chania, Crete, Greece



Outdoor tables at Taman Restaurant, located in an old Turkish hammam (public baths) in Old Town, Chania, Crete, Greece



Boureki is a Cretan specialty, a zucchini and cheese pie — at Taman Restaurant in Old Town where we enjoyed a delicious lunch of local specialties, Chania, Crete, Greece



Natural sponges for sale on a boat in the Venetian Harbor, Chania, Crete, Greece


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