The fort still known with its Turkish name, Firca (Firka = barracks) was
built in order to protect the entrance of the harbour. A thick chain
from Firca to the base of the light-house closed the harbour in case of
siege. The fort was the headquarters of the Military Commander of the
The inside area was divided into barracks and ammunition
warehouses. The buildings of the west wing have two-floors with dome
Over the door of the first floor there is the following
inscription : “ALOYSIUS BRAGADEUS PROVISOR CYDONIAE M. DCXX”. In the
centre of the court, there is a large water reservoir, where the water
running from the roofs was collected. In the period of the Turkish
occupation and until fairly recently, Firca was used as military
barracks and a prison.
The flag of the Unification of Crete to Greece
was symbolically raised on the corner watch-tower on 1st December 1913.
The Chania Old Town is regarded as one of the nicest old towns of Greece and it is the most wonderful part of the city. The "Old Town" consists of the old Venetian harbour and the small Venetian blocks located behind the harbour; it is characterized by narrow and picturesque alleys - similar to an enchanting labyrinth - full of life, and the plentiful remaining Venetian and Turkish buildings. The Lighthouse, the Fortress of Firka, the Mosque of Kioutsouk Hasan, the Great Arsenali and the Neoria have become landmarks of the city (see our photo album).
Most of the buildings are rejuvenated and they compose a puzzle of contemporary, Venetian and Turkish architecture; they are also a 'living' exhibition of the city's history. Today they work as shops, tavernas, cafes and touristic accommodations.
The most famous part of the Old Town is the lively round waterfront along the Venetian harbour, which is full of small hotels, cafes, restaurants, tavernas and bars. The Lig…
Chania (Greek Χανιά, also transliterated Hania or even Khania) is a beautiful port town on the north west coast of Crete, with an atmosphere reflecting its Venetian and Turkish past. Highly livable spot. Understand
Chania and the long row of beach resorts stretching 20 km west along the beaches of the Chania bay is a well visited destination for Scandinavian charter trips. Chania, being the nearest city, is an attractive destination for sightseeing and shopping for many tourists. Here is plenty of opportunities for eating and drinking on Greek tavernas and modern cafés that are open into the night.
The old town is centered around the harbor, it is a maze of alleys and houses that has been standing for many hundred years rebuilt,ruined and built up again with details from the different epochs. Old town is full of souvenir, art and crafts shops; the new quarters house the regular span of shops, here you can find the most of your needs for the hiking or other adventures. The beaches begin…