Tour of the Monuments

Ottoman fortress (Koules) Apteras


The fortress of Aptera was built by the Ottomans after the Revolution of 1866, as part of a program to connect Crete with a network of fortifications, towers and fortresses. It was located at the Paleokastro site, in the ruins of Ancient Aptera, near the village of Kalami, and communicated with the fortresses of Souda, Izedin and the Kouledes of Kalivo and Niou Chorio.

It was the largest P-shaped fortress complex of its time and was equipped with two towers facing the west (it controlled the passage to Kerameia) and the east (towards Kalyves). It included a variety of areas including barracks, officers’ quarters, storage, imprisonment, food preparation and catering.


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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.