Tour of the Monuments

The Literary Association “Chrysostomos”


The Literary Association “Chrysostomos” is the oldest intellectual and cultural association not only in the city of Chania, but also in the whole of Crete. It was founded in 1899 and was initially active in matters of a broader social and educational nature. When this care came under the jurisdiction of the Greek State, the Association focused mainly on the spiritual and cultural sector. The contribution of the Association to the intellectual, social and generally cultural movement of the city was and is significant.

The Association is historically linked to the early years of the Cretan State (1898 – 1913). The building that houses the “Chrysostomos” is located on Halidon Street, almost opposite the Municipal Gallery and is a typical example of the neoclassical trend in Crete. Lectures, honorary events for prominent people of letters and arts, musical events and art exhibitions are held in its magnificent and renovated space.

“Chrysostomos” is closely linked to the institution of the Cretan Congresses, the most important international scientific event in Crete in the field of Cretan studies. It is held every five years in a different prefecture of the island and brings together a very large number of scientists from all over the world, more than 700. The 2nd and the 6th Cretological Congress had been held in Chania in 1966 and 1986. According to the decision of the Plenary Session of the Th Congress, in Elounda in 2001, Chrysostomos was entrusted with the organization of the next Congress, the I Congress, which was held again in Chania in the autumn of 2006, after twenty years.


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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.