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Rethymno Sightseeings City Center

Paleontological Museum of Rethymno

Paleontological Museum of Rethymno

 

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Brief stops will be made during this route which Crete has followed for the past 300 years, at this beautiful museum housed in the reconstructed Mastaba Mosque and which is part of the Natural History Museum of Goulandris. The material of Crete’s indigenous Pleistocene elephants and deer are significant all being finds from from the region of Rethymno. Fossils, amongst others are also exhibited, coming from Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic marine depositions in Crete

Porta Guora

Porta Guora

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The great door as locals call it, was built during the era of Rector J. Guoro, which is why it took his name. It is one of the remnants of the town’s external walls. It is initial from bore the ridge of a gable, which was decorated with a relief of a lion of Saint Marcus.

The Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno

The Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno

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The Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno is housed in a 17th century Venetian mansion. The museum is hosted in an ideal environment for the exhibition of collections and the historical building of the mansion is constantly restored and preserved. The exhibition spaces (Permanent collection) cover (5) five halls and present items of traditional handicraft work and folklore art. The Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno aims to become a contemporary research and educational center for the preservation of the Cretan Folklore culture in cooperation with international organizations and institutions.

Mosque "Neratzes"

Mosque "Neratzes"

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During the Venetian times the Mosque "Neratzes" used to be a church named     ‘Santa Maria'', dedicated to the Mary of Augustans. The little chapel on its west side was dedicated to the body of Christ. In 1657, the Turks turned the temple into a mosque named ‘Gazi Housein" or "Neratze", which also served as an Ottoman seminary. In 1890, the mechanic G. Daskalakis added a large minaret with two stone-made balconies to the building. Today the Mosque "Neratzes" is used as a conservatoire.

Saint Francesco Church

Saint Francesco Church

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The church of Saint Francesco is one of the most important monuments of Rethymno. It was the main temple of the Monastery of the Francesca Order. The architecture of the building and its ornaments are very interesting. Next to the east side of the temple two deserted chapels are preserved. Its main doorway is impressive, with capitals of composite order. During recent excavations around the church valuable archeological findings have been discovered, including two tombs of Venetian nobles.

 

Archeological Museum

Archeological Museum

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This museum hosts significant collections with finds from the Post-Neolithic period, Specifically, finds from the caves of Gerani and Melidoni, the necropolis of the Armenians, as well as the archeological sites of Monastiraki, Apodoulos, Vrysina, Stavromenos, Paglochorio, Syvritus, Eleftherna and Argyroupolis are exhibited.

The Narrow Street

The Narrow Street

Narrow-Street-Rethymno The “narrow street” is actually Nikiforou Foka Street, the longest backstreet in Rethymno.

 

Contemporary Art Center

Contemporary Art Center

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The L. Kanakakis municipal Art Gallery was founded in 1992. Works of Lefteris Kanakakis are included in its permanenet collection, as well as works of other Greek artists, covering a wide range of the contemporary reality of Greek formative art from 1950 to this day. The new renovated and highly modern art gallery has marked the opening of the Contemporary Art Museum in Crete.

 

Fortezza Castle

Fortezza Castle

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This impressive fortress on the hill, north of the town, is one of the greatest Venetian fortresses and was built between 1573 and 1590. It is polygonal structure with wide sloping walls and three bastions toward the side of the town. Inside you can see a part of the Rector’s residence, the Council’s house, the Consistory Court, powder magazines, warehouses, barracks and Sultan Ibrahim’s mosque, with an impressive cupola in the position of the Venetian Cathedral, all preserved and conserved. An elegant open theater was built in recently inside it, which hosts events every summer during the famous Renaissance festival.

Catholic Church (Saint Anthony of Padova)

Catholic Church (Saint Anthony of Padova)

 

Catholic-Church-Rethymno The Roman Catholic Church in Rethymno is located in Mesologhiou Street.

 

Loggia

Loggia

 

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Loggia has been built during the 16th century and was designed by the famous architect Michel Snamicheli. Loggia was an eminent building of the city centre and has been a meeting point for the nobles to discuss political and economical issues.  During the Turkish occupation the loggia became a mosque and a minaret was constructed, which was later demolished in 1930. The past 40 decades the building of Loggia hosted the archeological museum of the city, which has now moved to a building next to Fortezza. Today loggia hosts a market of archeological art copies.

 

 

Rimondi Fountain

Rimondi Fountain

 

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The Rimondi fountain is one of the Venetian’s most elegant architectural structures in town of Rethymno. It consists of three pillars with capitals of the Corinth order in between, from which three lion heads protrude with water springing out of them to this day. The fountain, together with Loggia and the clock tower (it does not exist anymore), formed a triangle of public buildings, which were the heart of Venetian town.

 

 

 

Venetian harbor

Venetian harbor

 

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The visitor can admire the 13th century mole which was constructed by the Venetians to protect the harbor. At the end of it, stands the imposing lighthouse built by the Turks after the 17th century.

 

 

 

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