Tour of the Monuments

Τhe Monastery of St. John the Theologian


The restored Byzantine Monastery of St. John the Theologian is located next to the tanks of the ancient Roman city of Aptera. It is already mentioned in chronicles of 1181 A.C. as a dependency of the Monastery of Patmos, while during the Venetian and Ottoman domination maintained a prominent position in the economic affairs of the place, due to its possession of vast areas included in Apokoronas field. After the Second World War, its vast property was expropriated in favor of the inhabitants of the surrounding villages and in 1964 it was deserted.


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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.