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Chania – a city with a long history

My next stop this summer was in Crete. I first traveled together with my boyfriend to a town called Ierapetra that is situated on the south coast of Crete. We stayed there a few days and then we went to Chania. Although Chania is a very popular destination for both Greeks and foreigners, I had never been there before. It was a wonderful experience. During my holiday there, I was fortunate to stay in the Old Town (Palia Poli) with the beautiful buildings and the narrow pedestrian streets that were full of life at the time, in the beginning of August.

If you read about Chania’s history, you will see that the city has been through many different historical periods, and all those periods have influenced the city’s architecture. This is something you see very clearly on the buildings, streets and squares all around, if you take a little walk in the Old Town.

Chania’s old town is built around the Venetian harbor and consists of Venetian buildings and later Turkish elements which constitute a unique architectural ensemble. The city is considered one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean, even though it was bombed and burned several times during its long history. In 1964 Chania was defined as a historical monument and later there has been made great efforts to preserve and enhance the historic character of the town.

 

Chania - Old Town

 

Chania - Old Town

 

Chania - Old Town

 

Chania - Old Town

 

Chania - Old Town

 

Chania - Old Town

 

You can read more about Chania here:

http://www.chaniatourism.com/



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