Tour of the Monuments

Santa Lucia Bastion


In 1568, the semicircular bastion of Santa Lucia was also built, a part of which is preserved on Minoos Street. The bastion of Santa Lucia is located in the southeast corner of the Venetian fortifications. The section of Cortina east of Piatta Forma ends in this heart-shaped rampart, which took its name from the Orthodox church of Agia Fotini (Lucia), which was located on today’s Minoos Street.

This part of the fortifications was buried in the 1930s under Nikiforo Fokas Street, or on the large plot of land between Eleftheriou Venizelos, Cyprus and Nikiforo Fokas Streets. The bastion covered the eastern part of the southern side and the southern part of the eastern side of the fortifications, corresponding to the Piatta Forma and Sabbionara bastions respectively.

A section of the eastern side of the rampart remained visible until recently. After the intervention of the Archaeological Service, the unveiling of the bastion began, in order to proceed with its identification.


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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.