The long distance between Chania and Iraklion pushed the Republic of Venice to build a strong fortress in between. Nowadays the Castle of Rethymno is the largest and best preserved citadel in Crete.

Rethymno old harbor

Inside the citadel mosque, built after the Ottoman conquer in 1646

The citadel defense walls

Mosque and theater

Graves of the Ottoman empire


This is the new episode of the reportage Crete:Kingdom of Candia. Click each picture to open it full size. Previous episode(s):

1. Once upon the time in the Kingdom of Candia

2. Gramvousa ochre and turquoise

3. Solo sliders

4. Go West: Falassarna shores of Crete

5. Balos lagoon, a royal beauty

6. Balos, all the colors of water

7. Visitors (or not) in the Mediterranean Sea

8. The only good nation is Imagination

9. Postcards from Chania

10. Wet rocks