The Venetian Fortezza, Rethymnon

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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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  • My husband and I enjoyed exploring this fortezza for a couple of hours. It's an extensive site with nice views. There are no exhibits or explanatory boards but you can get a little info when you buy y...  more »
  • Pretty big fortress, inside a large territory in which there is even a church. From any point of the fortress opens a beautiful view on the old town and the sea. Park your car at the free car park under the fortress. Entrance about 4 euro
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  • Very large fort with amazing views of the Cretan Sea, the coastline, the harbor, beaches, town, city, and snow capped mountains in winter. Take your time and conjure up the previous inhabitants.  more »
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  • The surroundings here are beautiful. The place is very big and there is a lot to see.
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  • In addition to the interesting historical backgrounds, the magnificent views of the city and the sea is absolutely worth seeing. Unfortunately not much is being renovated and in many places, garbage and waste deposits are to see. Not for Gebehinderte, stroller and wheelchair. Admission in October 2017-€4, a family ticket for two adults and children (up to 18 years) cost € 10
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  • Great city. Small streets that climb to the fortress. Visit gorges that are gorgeous.
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  • Beautiful fortress €10 the family entrance (there were 3 of us) it is a very beautiful view of Rethymno and the old town. Several constructs to see as well as a mosque.
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A growing number of visitors to Rethymnon choose to stay in one of the surrounding villages, where air-conditioned rooms near well-developed beaches cost considerably less than in the city itself. The elegant guesthouses just outside town provide a quiet night's sleep, as well as quick access to good shopping and dining options. If you prefer to stay in the thick of things, book a room near the city's Venetian port, a lively area that's just a walk away from the center's major attractions.
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