Tour of the Monuments



Built at the beginning of the 19th century by the engineer Michalis Savvakis, this building initially functioned as the engineer’s home and office. Its design and supervision was done by Michalis Savvakis himself.

The building, designed in the villa type and on three levels, is influenced by foreign standards, keeping the form of a tower. It is surrounded by a garden with palm trees. In 1917, it was sold to the monastic committee and since then it has been used as the residence of the Metropolitan of Kydonia and Apokoronos.

Despite the many damages it has suffered over the years, including bombings during the last war, the building retains its architectural distinctiveness and remains one of the most characteristic buildings of the city.


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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.