Megali Porta- Porta Guora- Ethinikis Antistaseos Street Rethymno


During the Venetian Occupation in Crete it was given the name Porta Guora in honour of the Venetian Rector Giacomo Guoro.It used to be the entrance to the city from the central wall. There was also a lion with wings, symbol of Venice, which is now in the garden of the Venetian Loggia in Rethymno.

Petaladika- Τzane Bouniali Street Rethymno



or Petaladika.

Some years ago people used horses and donkeys to travel. The local blacksmiths replaced horseshoes in an area called Petaladika where the travellers could spend the night and have a meal in a hani. The house at number 63 was the residence of Ali Vafi, a Turkish merchant.

Byzantine Iconostasis Rethymno


- Νikiforou Foka Street and Papamichelaki Street in the corner we see a stone Iconostasis dating from the Byzantine period

 Turkish Fountain Rethymno


Venetian doorframe Rethymno


- In the middle of Νikiforou Foka Street

On one side of the street we see a (4Α-Turkish Fountain) and on the other side we see a Venetian doorframe Casa dei Delfini, on numbers 66 and 68.     

 Episcopal Residence Rethymno


 Αrambatzoglou Street The Venetian Bishop’s Residence in Rethymno. During the Ottoman Occupation, a Pasha turned this house into a Turkish bath (hammam). The Hammam ceiling is usually domed with holes. Legend has it that the number of holes on the dome shows the number of Pasha’s wives. There are nine holes on the domed ceiling of this hammam.    

Historical and Folklore Museum


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Vernardou Street)It is housed in a 15th century Venetian mansion.

Rethymno Conservatory


At the beginning of  Vernardou Street a Venetian church dedicated to Santa Maria was turned into a mosque by Turks in 1657. They added a Μinaret which is the tallest in Rethymno.Next to the Minaret


there used to be a Turkish Kitaphane  Muslim seminary school Kitap in Turkishmeans book


with symbols of the Ottoman Empire.

Turkish School - Vernardou & H. Trikoupi-Mikrasiaton Square Rethymno


The FirstPrimary School is the oldest school building in Rethymno.

Double doorframe Rethymno


 Agiou Frangiskou Street Entrance with double doorframe The exterior part was built by Venetians and the interior part by Turks who connected the two parts with a pergola. On the left and on the right side there are Lions of Venice and symbols of theOttoman Empire.

 St. Francis Church Rethymno


Agiou Frangiskou Street The church of Agios Frangiskos is a Franciscan Church. On the doorframe of the church, an artichoke shape key and muslim symbols

Rimondi Fountain -Rethymno


Titou Petychaki Square Rimondi Fountain was built in 1626 by the Venetian Governor of Rethymno Rimondi. There is his Monogram in the middle and 3 lion heads with water running from their mouths The Turkish added a dome and Muslim religious symbols


 Loggia Rethymno



– On the corner of  Konstantinou Palaiologou) and Arkadiou street, Loggia was a social club for the Venetians. Today it is used as a selling point for exact museum copies.

 Saint Barbara Church Rethymno



 Agias Varvaras Street The only church which hasn’t got a bell tower. It was given to the Christians by the Russians with the same chandelier we see today.

 The Church of Mikri Panagia Rethymno


little church of Virgin Mary Nikiforou Foka Street & Arambatzoglou Street at  Μ. Papaioanou Square. The church was built during the last years of the Venetian Occupation and is dedicated to Mary Magdalene.There is a unique Byzantine  icon of Saint Gobdelaas, the only icon of Persian saint we find in a church in Crete. 


 Megali Panagia Rethymno


big church of Virgin Mary Between Manioudaki and Mousourou Street

The cathedral is a three-aisled basilica without dome built in 1956. The temple has been the same since 1944. The bell tower which was built in 1899 has seven bells. The biggest bell has the name of Russian Theodor de Chiostak and the other six have the names of the six Russian regiments of soldiers.

 Venetian Harbour Rethymno


In 1204 the Venetians built a small harbour for commercial purposes. Because of the low water depth, no large ships could reach the harbour, so they used a small building -Customs, where the passengers waited for the boats to come and take them to the ship.  

 Archaeological sites in Rethymno



 Emm. Kefalogianni Avenue The Venetian fortress was built between 1573 and 1580 by the Venetians in order to protect the citizens from Turks.

 Archaeological Museum of Rethymno Emm. Kefalogiani Avenue next to Fortezza. 

Monasteries in Rethymno

 Arkadi Monastery


It was probably built in the 12th century. This Sacred Monastery is a symbol of freedom for Cretans.

 Preveli Monastery Rethymno


During the German Occupation, the monks put their lives in danger to keep the allies who fought in the Battle of Crete safe.
Preveli is also known for the Holy Cross which is associated with many miracles. It was donated by Abbot Ephraim Prevelis. It contains particles of the Holy Wood.

Explorer Rethymno Summer 2017