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About Φορτέτσα - Fortezza

The Venetian Fortezza dates from 1590 when it was constructed as a defence against the Turks and also housed one of the Councillors, the Rector and guards. Storage rooms for the artillery were also available and there was a church dedicated to Aghios Nikolaos which was later replaced by the current Mosque of Sultan Ibrahim.

The Fortezza is located on Paleokastro hill, which was the site of a Roman Temple circa. 3AD and was designed by the architect Michele Sanmicheli. The fortress is floodlit at night and is open to visitors daily between 09h00 and sunset.


Rethymnon, Rethymnon, 74100, Greece
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