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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. Before you head to Rethymnon, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Rethymnon trip itinerary maker, to make sure you see all that Rethymnon has to offer, including The Venetian Fortezza.
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  • I was amazed at the size and you could sense the history of the place. It's sad to see all renovations coming to a halt due to the economic situation.  more »
  • Some ruins without interest. . A small chapel, a beautiful view of the sea and the city, but nothing really upsetting
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  • A real landmark of the town of Rethymnon right at the edge of the old town. If you like history and castles, it is there for you.  more »
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  • The surroundings here are beautiful. The place is very big and there is a lot to see.
  • Beautiful place, take your camera with you
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