Monuments & Sights of Rethymno City

Venetian monuments and Turkish mosques, which today are hosting the cultural events of the town, monuments that testify the important Renaissance past of Rethymnon; all under the shadow of the Fortezza, the great Venetian fortress overseeing the city.

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An imposing fortress, which overlooks the city of Rethymnon from the rocky hill of Paleokastro. It is very possible that in Antiquity, before the medieval Fortezza was built, the acropolis of Ancient Rithymna and the temple of Artemis Rokkea existed in the area. 

  • location Paleokastro, Rethymnon city, Rethymno, Rethymno
  • type Castle
  • site condition/facilities Open-Well preserved

The Kara Moussa Pasha Mosque was named after the Turkish commander of the naval campaigns that were conducted against the city of Rethymnon. It is situated where the Venetian monastery of AgIa Varvara used to be. 

  • location Arkadiou / Mikrasiaton square, city of Rethymno, Rethymno, Rethymno
  • type Architecture
  • site condition/facilities Open-Well preserved

A single-aisled basilica, dedicated to St. Francesco (Agios Franghiskos). It was built in the Venetian era by the Franciscan Order, and it stands out for its unique architecture and sculpted ornaments. 

  • location Mikrasiaton Square/Nick. Fokas, Rethymnon city, Rethymno, Rethymno
  • type Church
  • site condition/facilities Open-Well preserved

The Loggia is probably the oldest building in the city and one of the few that survived the catastrophicraid of 1571, conducted by the Algiers-based pirate Uluj Ali.

  • location K. Paleologos, Rethymnon city, Rethymno, Rethymno
  • type Architecture
  • site condition/facilities Open-Well preserved

Cretan towns have always had a water supply problem; this was faced by the Venetians by constructing aqueducts and fountains. Eight fountains survive today in the city of Rethymnon, of which only one dates back to the Venetian era; it is the Rimondi fountain, also known as Vrisakia to the locals. 

  • location K. Paleologos, Rethymnon city, Rethymno, Rethymno
  • type Architecture
  • site condition/facilities Open-Well preserved

The famous Clock tower is one of the most well-known monuments of Rethymnon, even though it does not exist anymore! The only sign that bears witness to its former existence the remains of a doorway that can be seen built-in the outside wall of a shop, on Arkadiou str. 

  • location Arkadiou str, Rethymnon city, Rethymno, Rethymno
  • type Architecture
  • site condition/facilities Closed
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