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The Venetian Fortezza

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Address: Rethymnon, Crete, Greece
Phone Number: 0831/28-101
Description: This beautiful 16th century fortress is a fusion of medieval European and...
This beautiful 16th century fortress is a fusion of medieval European and Moorish architecture.
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Best views over Reythymno....

The visit of the fortress provides with an excursion into the rich history of Crete, and furthermore offers you the most spectacular views over this unique city. Unfortunately the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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Giessen, Germany
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Giessen, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The visit of the fortress provides with an excursion into the rich history of Crete, and furthermore offers you the most spectacular views over this unique city. Unfortunately the fortress is in an alarming state of decay, since the income from the ticket sales is not sufficient to support proper maintenance and restoration work.

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

The fortress is an amazing place to visit full of history and providing wonderful views. If you like history, as I do, this is definitely worth a visit. Lovely views of Rethymnon & surrounding area, overlooks the sea. (cacher dream)

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The fortress is an amazing place to visit full of history and providing wonderful views. However, something like this needs to be maintained and I am afraid that in ears to come there will be nothing to see as it badly needs some TLC. Nevertheless it is worth the visit.

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Cambridge
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Historical place left to decay. Health and safety nitemare. Crumbling castle with very little or no support to restore. Cheap to get in

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Hahnbach, Bayern, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We got a good nights sleep and got up in the morning ready to explore! We stayed walking distance from the Fortezza of Rethymnon, the Venetian-era citadel. Construction began in the 1570’s after the fall of Cyprus. The Ottomans conquered the fortress less than 100 years later and it remained in use through the 20th century. Now the fortress is... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

This Venetian-era (built in late 1500) fortress is almost in the center of the Old town and can be reached from the harbour along the coast or through the alleys of the Old town; I suggest using one route to go and one to come back. While large scale restoration began about 20 years ago, there is still much to... More 

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Woking, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This is an interesting place to wander around and imagine what life was like many years ago. You have to imagine because there is a lack of any information about the Fortezza displayed - there are one or two information boards about certain parts, but overall they haven't made much effort to bring history alive and explain the point of... More 

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Banstead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

If you like history, as I do, this is definitely worth a visit. A bit of a trek but the views are stunning. Would recommend to anyone.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Lovely views of Rethymnon & surrounding area, overlooks the sea. Covers a large open area & is interesting to see but not much of the original structures remain standing within the walls.

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Rethymnon, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Spectacular views and interesting history: the archaeologist in me would have liked more interpretation boards.

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