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The headquarters Venizelos / Therisos Movement Headquarters

So called the headquarters of the Revolutionary Assembly in 1905, in Therisos, which organized the homonymous revolution against the authoritarian rule of the High Commissioner George. Nowadays, the building has been converted into a museum for the exposition of weapons, objects from that period and evidence of the revolutionary action of Eleftherios Venizelos.

The Garden Clock

The Clock stands on the north-eastern side of the Garden and is one of the most characteristic recent monuments of the city. It was built in the period 1924-1927 to plans by D. Kollarou, has a tripartite structure and its roof is formed into a circular pavilion. Today it is inextricably linked to the historical route of the Garden and is a symbol and an integral part of it.

Venizelio Conservatory

The Venizelio Conservatory of Chania is located on Nikiforo Fokas Street and is housed in a privately owned neoclassical building founded in 1931 at the expense of Elena Venizelou. It has a theater hall, with a stage and a balcony, with a capacity of about 300 seats and belongs to the “Association for the dissemination of Fine Arts in Crete”. Today it hosts DI.PE.THE. of Crete and the mixed Choir of Chania.

Naval Museum of Crete

It is located at the entrance of the Firkas fortress, on the Kountouriotis Coast. It was founded in 1973 and is the second Naval Museum in Greece both in terms of age and exhibits. It includes 2,500 exhibits, including ships’ instruments and devices, heirlooms, paintings, objects recovered from the seabed, model ships and many other items of our maritime history.

Kum Kapi

It is located outside the eastern walls of the old city of Chania and takes its name from the Venetian gate of the same name, the “Sand Gate” (Kum Kapisi in Turkish). From the middle of the 19th century, this area hosted a settlement of Arab porters and workers, the Chalikoutis. Today it is a modern place of entertainment and entertainment with modern cafes and bars.

Prophet Elias – Tombs of Venizelos

Outside the eastern side of the city, in the place of Froudia, is the hill of Prophet Elias with the church of the same name. This area, of inexhaustible natural beauty, is home to the tombs of Eleftherios and Sophocles Venizelos, who marked recent Greek history, as well as the statue of Kagiale. Today, the district of Prophet Ilias is a modern suburb with modern architecture.

Archaeological Museum of Chania

The Archaeological Museum of Chania has been housed since 1962 in the monastery of Saint Francis of the Franciscans. It includes a rich material, which records the historical course of the prefecture from prehistoric ((3rd and 2nd millennium BC) to the Roman period (3rd century AD). Exhibits include Linear A and B tablets, jewelry and Roman mosaics.

The Evangelistria Church

The church of Evangelistria in Halepa Chania was founded in 1908 on the site of the old stables of the Ottoman Cavalry and was completed in August 1923 with money from fundraisers. It is a cruciform church with a dome, in a neoclassical style with many influences from baroque and Russian church architecture. Today it is one of the largest temples of Chania.

St. Matthew Ecclesiastical High School

It is located in the “Froudia” area of Akrotiri and belongs to the parish of Prophet Ilias. It is a cruciform church without a dome, which was built in 1960 on the ruins of an older church. A boarding school for girls and an orphanage were built around the temple, in whose buildings the Priestly School of Crete was housed in 1974. Since 2005 it has been operating as a General Ecclesiastical High School.

The church of St. Nestor Keramia

The church of St. Nestor is located in the village of Katochori, ex Keramia and its foundation is dated to the late Venetian period. Is an example of the western ecclesiastical architecture with gothic character. In contact with Saint Nestor is the orthodox church of Agios Dimitrios. Today, both are characterized classical monuments and are in rehabilitation by the Archaeological Service.

The Monastery of Agios Ioannis Prodoromos in Korakies

The Monastery of Agios Ioannis Prodoromos in Korakies in Akrotiri, was built during the late Byzantine period. It operated continuously until 1821, till the beginning of the revolution that marked its destruction by the Ottomans. It reopened in 1866 and in 1897 it participated actively in the liberation of the revolutionaries. Today a few nuns live there, but they retain their spirituality and splendor of this historic monastery.

The National Water Sports Centre of Chania

A complete and functional sports center of international level, the National Nautical Center of Chania was founded in 1984 on the Canary Coast in the area of Nea Chora. It was reconstructed in 1989 and has three swimming pools of 12.5m, 25m. and 50 m. It includes sailing facilities and hosts all water sports and activities.

Nea Chora – Chania Beach

It is a constantly developing area in the north-west of the city of Chania, which is approached from the coastal road in front of the Firkas fortress. Along the road, the old ABEA factory with its characteristic chimney and the National Nautical Center are preserved, however the trademark of the area is the small fishing harbor with the sandy beach.


Tabakaria, the leather processing area, is located in the eastern rocky area of Chania, below the district of Halepa. They flourished during the period of Egyptian rule and began to decline during the 1970s. Today few tanneries are in operation, however the area is a unique architectural ensemble for the city of Chania.

Plaza 1866

Is located on the western side of the city and is named in honor of the bloody revolution of 1866-1869. During the Ottoman rule, included part of the Muslim cemetery, and today is one of the most central squares of Chania, with busts of Cretan revolutionists and an Arab fountain.