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The Venetian Fortezza

Rethymnon, Crete, Greece
0831/28-101
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Ranked #7 of 33 attractions in Rethymnon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Description: This beautiful 16th century fortress is a fusion of medieval European and Moorish architecture.
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Assen, The Netherlands
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Very beautiful and gives you a very nice vieuw. It compleets the scene. Nice restaurants around it too.,

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cyprus
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Nice place to visit if you like history and if you are interesting about historical ruins. Our visit took place in August, so it was a bit hot. For this reason I recommend, if someone wants to visit this fortress better to do it in a cooler weather like autumn or spring.

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Very large and interesting place to visit. Lovely views across the bay. unfortunatley some of the rooms in the councillors house were still being renovated so we couldn't have a look around. We baked though in the 42 degree heat so make sure you take some water or buy a slush puppy on your way in from the kiosk over... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
12 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The Fortezza itself might not be an unforgettable place but the views at sunset will leave you speechless. If you can, chose an evening when there's a concert, it's even better!

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Manama, Bahrain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

good renovations but you wont get the feeling it was touched. it is only 5 min walk from town center so there is no reason not to visit

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

You can't visit and Rethymnon and avoid to visit Fortezza. It is well preserved, the view from it over the city is excellent, while you can also attend a performance (theatre, music, etc), during the summer. Don't forget to pay a visit to the Archaeological museum close to the main entrance of the fortress. It's not very big, but it's... More

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Devon, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

On top of the hill this old fort is one of the oldest structures in Rethymnon. Great views of the sea, the city, and much more. Get the audio guide and your life will be easier.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I didn't quite know what to expect here, but I wasn't disappointed. I visited mid morning in late July so expected vast crowds, but the place was quiet. They were out of English language maps, but the signage is good so I had all the input needed to appreciate the historical relevance. I think what is nice about the Fortezza... More

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

It's supposed to be the biggest Venetian fortress. The location is lovely, on a hill, of course (for better defence . . .) and sea on two sides. The view to the Old Town and beyond is great, as well. There isn't much shade, so do take a lot of water with you!

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Selby, United Kingdom
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

People give 5 stars too easy, then they become worthless! Like others said it's great for the view and that's it, the rest is like walking round a stone quarry. The plus is, it's only €4 each to get in, unlike England where it would be £14.50 each or a annual National Trust subscription. However, that be the case there... More

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