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The Venetian Fortezza

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Address: Rethymnon, Crete, Greece
Phone Number: 0831/28-101
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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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Old Venetian castle in front of the sea. Attached to the old town gives you the impression of living in another century. Amazing views to the city, I would recommend an early... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
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Clacton-on-sea, Essex. United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The fortress is a place you must visit, the views are out of this world, we couldn't believe our eyes so many surprise's in every direction. The admission fee to get in is worth every penny. You will be taking so many photos to treasure.

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I was very excited about this monument, I like war and historic buildings. After paying the ticket, we got inside and, beside the horrible warm environment (it was in August), we could not find anything to do but take a walk and see the bay from the fortress.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Old Venetian castle in front of the sea. Attached to the old town gives you the impression of living in another century. Amazing views to the city, I would recommend an early morning visit. Too bad that the Archaeological museum next door, doesn't comply to the rest settlement.

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Mykonos, Greece
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Just at the tip of Old town, with great view. I hadnt realized that it would be so big, we went when the buildings were closed inside, however still loved it

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Thank mkonosgreece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

A great visit after a stroll in town. It's a large fortress and a nice piece of history An amazing 360 view of the sea - must not miss. Also on the street nearby, go down the stairs to the rocks where the waves crash really fun!

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Thank Yaniv G
Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

Fortezza is a historical place in Rethymnon, easily reachable from the city center. It dates back to the ancient times when it was supposed to sevre as Acropolis or sanctuary. There was a Bythantine settlment there later on. It was reconstructed several times. In Venetian period it became a fortress and was used for defense purposes. During Ottoman occupation the... More 

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Stockport
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

We went here in April and it was very very windy, it's such a beautiful place with lovely views for only a couple of euros, well worth a visit, it's just a shame there isn't a little cafe as I could have stayed here for hours

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Thank TheWoodmans
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015 via mobile

It is a nice fort, beautiful view, the mosque is boring. The entrance is also beautiful but they don't really keep it neat. Overall, you should see it for the view!

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

Spent just over an hour walking round. An interesting site with a limited number of information boards in Greek and English. Low admission costs with a reduction if 65 or over.

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Blackpool, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

We were staying a stone's throw from the fort so we went there on our first day. Two main tips I'd give... Don't go in the heat of early afternoon, as it's hot as hell up there; and get some prior knowledge. There's next to no information up there about what you're looking at. Fortunately I'd done a little reading... More 

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