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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  • August 17, 2017
    A bit more care at the site to prevent the spoil and would be perfect. Still beautiful, to see.
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  • August 16, 2017
    €4 visit and views of the city of Rethymno. Accepts visitors till 20: 00. Walk friendly before returning in the hubbub of the city.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Staff at the counter... we were fact paid the fare and when we realized that they don't had not applied us the family fare but the individual tariff, shrug, and "move along..." In short... Do only for the view. And do not be like us...
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  • January 6, 2017
    Super! Interesting! must see
  • March 23, 2016
    The surroundings here are beautiful. The place is very big and there is a lot to see.
  • April 8, 2017
    The visit to the Venetian fortress is one of the best choices because the view of the old town is great and the walk to Venetian ramparts transmits the feeling of another era.
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  • February 7, 2017
    Fortezza Venetian castle is in the town of Rethymno on the island of Crete; located almost in the Centre of the old town. The fortress is located so that its walls visible to a magnificent view of the city and the sea. Recommend to visit the fortress closer to sunset first time to stroll and browse, and simply enjoy the opening to the city sights and sunset Evening beautifully illuminated fortress.. In October 2016 year entry cost 4 euros.
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  • June 29, 2017
    Great views, a but rewarding climb.
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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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