The Venetian Fortezza, Rethymnon

3.6
#2 of 8 in Historic Sites in Rethymnon
A relic of the Venetian occupation of Rethymon, The Venetian Fortezza stands in the center of town, offering 360-degree views of the coast below. In 1580, more than 107,00 Cretans were forced to help build the fort to protect the Venetians' last overseas colony. Unfortunately, several flaws, such as the lack of buttresses and a ditch, made the walls easy to scale without a ladder. In 1646, the Ottomans seized the fortress and settled the area inside. Many of the interior buildings have been destroyed, but the exterior fortifications remain intact. Using our online itinerary creator, Rethymnon attractions like The Venetian Fortezza can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Went up to the Fortezza for a walk and spent an hour there. Truth is there is nothing very special to see and the walking is rough in places. Good views and a nice sea breeze but little in the way of ...  more »
  • Must pass if you go to Rethymnon. This fortress is the emblem of the city and the view of the sea and the city is stunning. However, historical information is very limited and is only on the plan given at the entrance. The site itself is quite empty, but the ride remains pleasant. Fortunately, the price of admission is low (4 euros full price).
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