A relic of the Venetian occupation of Rethymon, The Venetian Fortezza stands in the center of town, offering 360-degree views of the coast below. In 1580, more than 107,00 Cretans were forced to help build the fort to protect the Venetians' last overseas colony. Unfortunately, several flaws, such as the lack of buttresses and a ditch, made the walls easy to scale without a ladder. In 1646, the Ottomans seized the fortress and settled the area inside. Many of the interior buildings have been destroyed, but the exterior fortifications remain intact. Using our online itinerary creator, Rethymnon attractions like The Venetian Fortezza can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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The Venetian Fortezza Reviews
Se si è in città una visita alla fortezza è d’obbligo. Durante la visita alla fortezza, che ha spazzi davvero grandi, si sente tutta la storia che l’ha portata fino ai giorni nostri. Oltre alla storia... more »If you are in town a visit to the fortress is a must. During the visit to the fortress, which has really big sweeps, you can hear all the history that has brought it to the present day. In addition to the history there is also the landscape to see because the fortress was built right overlooking the sea, beautiful! Only sin the cleanliness, surely it is the visitors to leave dirty but then you should organize better and clean more often.
Adjacent to the Old Town and the harbour this fortress is impressive. There are stunning views over the town and the coast from every side. Allow at least an hour to explore and enjoy the scenery. We ... more »
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