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“A Thomson tour”

Souda Bay War Cemetery
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Souda
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Suda Bay War Cemetery is located approximately 5 km east from the centre of Chania (Xania). There are now 1,500 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery. 776 of the burials are unidentified but special memorials commemorate a number of casualties believed to be buried among them. The cemetery also contains 19 First World War burials brought in from Suda Bay Consular Cemetery, 1 being unidentified. There are also 7 burials of other nationalities and 37 non-war burials.
Reviewed June 21, 2014

A trip to the west of the island is a must the war graves cemetery
is a place for quiet remembrance ,the view from here over the harbour is peaceful now not in 1941..
carry on to chania the place to be the old capital from 1845-1971
the venetian harbour cafes-tavernas -shops a plenty.
the tour winds its way thru the west stopping at places for photos and makes a final stop at lake kourna the only freshwater lake in crete first class day trip not cheap but worth it.

1  Thank Brian W
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Reviewed June 18, 2014

My wife and I visited both military cemeteries (Allied and German) during our visit to Chania. The background and reasons for the battles that caused these dead are irrelevant, what matters is that these young men died and are lying here never having had a chance to enjoy life beyond the war.
The human being attached to each name is what really matters.
All cemeteries make me very pensive and reflective and this one is no different. The setting of the location is very nice. I am just sorry for all the sacrifices made by these men to end up resting here at the edge of the bay.
Read the names and try to imagine the man connected to it.
This was one thing I found very poignant at the German Military Cemetery near Maleme, they included in their interpretation center the backgrounds of just a few soldiers. This packs a huge punch to connect with the human being behind the name.

3  Thank Albatross199
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

love the fact that its kept so immaculate,sounds weird but a lovely cemetery over looking the med,you couldnt wish for a better grave.

3  Thank UkFootloose
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Reviewed June 5, 2014

Well worth visiting to pay your respects to the war victims that lie here!. It is a fabulous setting that is very beautiful and peaceful in its own right, but add in the significance of the war and it becomes so much more!

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Reviewed June 3, 2014

As a New Zealander, I can't say enough about this place. Take bus #13 to Souda, cost 1.50 euro, get off and walk along the beach to the cemetery.

5  Thank Ginga40
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