Tour of the Monuments

The Palace


The Palace is located in Chalepa, right next to the house of Eleftherios Venizelos. It was built around 1882 in the villa type and is a classic example of a mansion of the era characterized by simplicity and symmetry. In 1898, with the declaration of the Autonomous Cretan State as the most suitable building, it was used as the residence of the High Commissioner, Prince George, which is why it has been known as “The Palace” ever since.

After the departure of Prince George in 1906, it was the residence of the next High Commissioner Alexandros Zaimis, who made many changes to both the exterior and interior of the building. Later, the General Governors of Crete also stayed there. From 1940 to 1957 it housed the military hospital, while during the Occupation it was requisitioned and used as a headquarters by the Germans.


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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.