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Dermy76
Celje, Slovenia203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
The Firkas Fortress was constructed in 1629 in Chania to protect the Venetian harbour entrance from raiders. “Firka” in Turkish means a military division, and the building was used as the barracks of the Turkish army in Chania. The Maritime Museum of Crete is housed in the Firkas fortress today. The Union of Crete with Greece in 1913 was celebrated at Firkas Fortress. The Turkish flag was hauled down for the last time and the blue-and-white flag of Greece raised in its place, where it has waved proudly ever since. Firkas Fortress has a panoramic view of the Venetian harbour of Chania, and offers a great photo opportunity. Until the previous century, under Firkas Fortress was the “Kerkelos”, the great iron ring to which one end of the chain closing off the harbour mouth was attached. The other end was attached to the lighthouse. The fortress Revellino del Porto on the northwest side of the port of Chania was constructed by Venetians to prevent any enemy danger for the port. Its construction began in 1610 and completed a few years before the fall of the city in Turks in 1645. The interior was organized to barracks and ammunition storage areas. It was also the headquarters of the Army Commander of the city. In about the middle of the courtyard, there is a large domed water tank that gathered rain water from the roofs. On the northern side of the wall there are six arched openings that included cannons for the protection of the entrance of the harbour.
Written August 24, 2014
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Jilliana RB
Brighton and Hove, UK4,285 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Solo
At the end of the Venetian harbour just keep on walking along the seafront and the ancient walls are right there. You will then reach the area of Topanas with its shops and hotels. You need at least two to three hours to enjoy however at night there is no lighting (only the moon) so stick to day time only. On the other side by the beginning of Nea Hora there is an old moat st the base of the other side of the walls.
Written December 11, 2015
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Don S
New Westminster, Canada90 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
I must admit I had to read up on the fortress and actually stood there and tied the lighthouse to the fortress and the harbour entrance and then it all seemed to make sense and understood just how amazing this place is, the fact that it was built how long ago, simply amazing.
Written June 15, 2019
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stunt101
Toronto, Canada268 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
The entrance to the fort is a little tough to find, in fact it's wrong on Google and on TripAdvisor. The entrance is up a slight ramp, with a coffee shop on one side and the nautical museum on the right - you will see a big anchor, outside, that's how you know you are at the right place.

There is no fee, just walk right on in, read the history boards and enjoy the sights of the fortress. Lots of opportunities to take pictures of the area from higher up.
Written May 21, 2018
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museumkatie
Burr Ridge, IL102 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016
Free! Get to the fortress through the large red Maritime Museum building, and you can head up a narrow staircase right underneath the Greek flag for some excellent views of the harbor, the town, and the fortress complex. A great addition to a trip to the museum or walk around the harbor.
Written April 11, 2017
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David L
Murray, UT1,768 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
Within the interesting old walls of the fortress are many tourist shops and restaurants. There is an entire alley/street dedicated to leather goods. Several churches with some amazing architecture are also located in the area.
Written November 11, 2015
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Marcus S
Mons, Belgium8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Depending on what you are seeking this is a lovely building with considerable history, but once there does little more than provide a view point back onto the harbour and town. It makes a nice backdrop to pictures though.
Written October 6, 2019
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VanJenn
Vancouver, Canada18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
There isn't much to see inside the fortress, but it's worth a quick walk through and climb just to enjoy the views. Be aware that it closes in the early afternoon.
Written August 2, 2019
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Joeri V
Putte, The Netherlands137 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
The titel describes it. Nothing special. Nicely restored, great view. Almost no background information, 10 minute visit should do it. Only open in the mornings.
Written July 1, 2018
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AndrewT273
Little Canfield, UK196 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Family
Not a lot to see and very little information available but some great views out over the harbour and lighthouse opposite. 
We visited here after paying €4 to get in to both sites of the Maritime Museum but not sure if this part on its own is free. Either way, it's worth a quick visit if in Chania. 
Written September 30, 2017
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