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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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We really enjoyed the Fortetza and it offered some Cracking views on all sides. There is not a lot of shade, so would definitely recommend bringing a hat, sunglasses and a lot of... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We really enjoyed the Fortetza and it offered some Cracking views on all sides. There is not a lot of shade, so would definitely recommend bringing a hat, sunglasses and a lot of water. Toilets were 50c to use, and the leaflet doesn't offer much information. Fortunately there are plenty of plaques telling its rich history, and be sure to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Short walk to the top of the hill in the old town you will find this amazing venue. Lots to explore and well worth a visit! Following this link to view my short video showing this amazing place : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp6a3Xdf7Mc

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Baulagirl
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Not expensive to enter, but not not much to see once you're inside. There are great views over the Town. The mosque is worth seeing. They charge for the toilet here 50 cents, so people were weeing on all hidden parts of the monuments, particularly inside the powder stores, so they smelt bad! The art exhibition in the armoury currently... More 

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Hartlepool, NE England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The fort covers a vast area, but is very empty. We paid 4€ each to enter which was a little steep. Most of the building were closed but is a good area to get a view of Rethymno and beyond.

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Bodø, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The grounds are not very good kept, but it's a nice place to stroll along. The fortezza gives you a great view of the city and the sea at any hour, but visiting an hour before sunset is lovely.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Looking and walking around the Fortress we were impressed by its shear scale and bulk. On the inside (Entrance Fees are lower in over 65) there really is not a lot to see. We found walking around was very hot mid-afternoon. Very few detailed information boards. Had to accept small free Guide in French - out of English copies. EEC... More 

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Quite frankly I'm not sure what you pay for here. There's nothing to see inside the walls other than walls. The view is nice but you can get the same view from any Of the close by restaurants. So slip in to any of those and buy a round of mythos instead of spending those euros on the entrance fee.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I advise walking the outskirts of the fort, then decide if you want to go in (4 euro entrance). Go before 11am or after 5pm to avoid mid day heat.

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Jelenia Gora, Poland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Quite impressive stronghold on top of hill in Rethymnon. built by Venetians, served them well but fell into turkish hands as main gate writing on the wall reminds...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We first walked around it from outside then visited the inside as well. The fortress is located by the sea and is really nice to visit. You can take nice pictures almost from everywhere. You can have an overall view of the town from above.

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