Talking about Chania brings to mind images of typical Mediterranean landscape blended with rich Cretan tradition and the historic heritage of more than 3000 years. Several civilizations have left their traces on the town, either through trade, religion or conquest.
Roman times: Visit the Archeological Museum of Chania , featuring artifacts from Neolithic to Roman times :
First it was the Minoans who founded the port settlement of “Kydonia” -meaning quince in Greek- creating rivarlies with smaller nearby cities and attracting Dorian Greeks through trade. In 69BC, the Romans conquered the Cretan population granting them however priveleges of independent city-state.
Byzantine era: Visit the Byzantine fortification surrounding the Kasteli hilltop
Venetian Domination: St. Rocco’s church
Ottoman Dominaton: Yali Mosque, currently housing various exhibitions and cultural events
Enjoy a stroll around the city’s landmarks and to experience strongly the unique cultural crossroads of Chania where antiquity, middle-ages, Renaissance and modern tradition meet.