The Venetian Fortezza, Rethymnon

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Historic Site · Tourist Spot
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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  • Great place to look at the city and "touch" the history. I liked this place even more than Knossos Palace. Recommend!  more »
  • A great walk around on a very hot day. Great views and tour map was helpful to learn the history of the buildings, very enjoyable  more »
  • Good to explore with children, could do with some signs around the grounds explaining what things are, although you do get a free guide on entry.
  • Historically interesting, nicely kept site with some great views in all directions. Beware of visiting in the middle of the day though, because you're brutally exposed to the glaring sun. Good documentation in Greek and English and reasonable entry prices (10€ for the familiy ticket). Expect to spend about an hour to 90 minutes.

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