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The Venetian Fortezza

Rethymnon, Crete, Greece
0831/28-101
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Ranked #7 of 31 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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lancashire
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

worth walking round to see the lovely views. Pity that there are never any information boards to fill you in with the history of the place, this would have made it more interesting. Still worth a visit though

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

A nice couple of hours can be spent wandering the fort, choose early morning or late afternoon as there is little shade to be found and it can get very hot in the summer. (2014 cost to get in was E4 per adult)

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Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Lovely views and interesting old architecture it is worth spending some time to explore the Fortezza and if you have chance reading up on the history to make the most of your experience if not then a bottle of wine and a chilled beer sounds good!

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Smolensk, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The remaining site of the fortress is a mixture reflecting the history of Crete in general - first build by Venetians, later seized by the Arabic pirates and transformed to look Muslim. Better to be visited in the afternoon, as about 12 you are about to get fried there.

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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

For 4 euros seeing only the walls and few random buildings this is not worth the price, but if you like to see the whole Rethymnon, you should definitely visit here. Best to arrive late to avoid the mass. Perhaps bring a bottle of wine and something to eat and find a nice spot inside the walls with good views... More

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Cornwall
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We visited the Fortezza in the heat of the midday sun - which was not a great idea. However, there are shady places to cool off. The panoramic views are absolutely beautiful. Access is not at all difficult - no steep climbs. There is an open air auditorium. Tip: find out if there are any concerts during your stay. We... More

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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Take a boat trip you will be rewarded with stunning views from the sea. Very well preserved piece of architecture.

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Plenty of steps and climbs, but if history is your thing then it's well worth the effort. All kept in good condition, and brilliant views from the vantage points. Entertaining and educational.

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

With a magnificent view over the city and the sea, it's the perfect spot for meeting the sunset. They won't allow you in after 20:00, but if you go before that, you could as well stay until the sun goes down.

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Extensive grounds and buildings to explore. Some buildings are used for local art exhibitions, and on the evening we went there was a school concert performance of Greek Dancing - really nice to see. We were offered free biscuits with melted chocolate and ice cream - true Cretan hospitality!

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