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The Venetian Fortezza, Rethymnon

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Historic Site
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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  • The fortezza towers over the town of Rethymno and is a good place to visit while in the town. Entry is 4 euros which we felt was well priced, it took around 90 minutes to go around and unlike in the U...  more »
  • The fortress is in excellent condition. All the walls, battlements, towers were preserved. The Venetians had built for centuries. Modern builders have to learn. There are traces of Turkish ownership o...  more »
  • To wander around this fortress, enjoying the sensational views and pondering the history is a great way to spend a couple of hours. Easy walk up and nothing strenuous at all. High worthwhile.  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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