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The Venetian Fortezza
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Owner description: This beautiful 16th century fortress is a fusion of medieval European and Moorish architecture.
Reviewed November 7, 2012

Well worth a visit if only for the great views over Rethymnon. The castle grounds are extensive and the mosque is interesting, but beware the overpriced gift shop. There are bathroom facilities on the site.

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Excellent views and lots of hidden gems. Surprisingly big too, make sure you walk all the way round!

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Reviewed October 29, 2012

I'm guessing this is the largest Venetian fortification in Crete. Exterior walls are well-preserved.

I wonder why they built so large? Seems unnecessary for a purely military installation?
Some aspects like the corner sentry turrets have an odd resemblance to the fort in St Augustine, Florida... built around a century later... was there a diffusion of military architecture at the time?

The interior has apparently contained a lot of buildings over the centuries, but not many survive today. The restored mosque is the highlight; not clear how much is original, but it's quite impressive.

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Reviewed October 27, 2012

High spot of the visit for us was the restored mosque. But there are other good things, including the spectacular views over the town and sea.

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Reviewed October 26, 2012

It's always in view from anywhere along the front, so a visit is essential, and does not disappoint. It's much larger inside than it looks, with spectacular views of sea and shore, especially from the sentry points, and brings home just how important it was in the past to maintain a stronghold in this area. Read up before you go!

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