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  • 1. Firka

    Museum/Gallery

    Just across the narrow channel from the lighthouse, where a chain was connected in times of peril to close the harbor, is the old Turkish prison...Read More

  • 2. Heraklion Archaeological Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Standing in a class of its own, this museum guards practically all of the Minoan treasures uncovered in the legendary excavations of the Palace...Read More

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  • 3. Historical Museum of Crete

    Museum/Gallery

    An imposing mansion houses a varied collection of Early Christian and Byzantine sculptures, Venetian and Ottoman stonework, artifacts of war...Read More

  • 4. Palace of Knossos

    Ruins

    This most amazing of archaeological sites once lay hidden beneath a huge mound hemmed in by low hills. Heinrich Schliemann, father of archaeology...Read More

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  • 5. Samaria Gorge

    Canyon

    South of Chania a deep, verdant crevice extends 16 km (10 miles) from near the village of Xyloskalo to the Libyan Sea. The landscape of forest...Read More

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  • 6. Archaeological Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The former Venetian church of St. Francis, surrounding a lovely garden in the shadow of the Venetian walls, displays artifacts from all over...Read More

  • 7. Arkadi Monastery

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A place of pilgrimage for many Cretans, Moni Arkadi is also one of the most stunning pieces of Renaissance architecture on the island. The ornate...Read More

  • 8. Ayia Aikaterina

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Nestled in the shadow of the Ayios Minas cathedral is one of Crete's most attractive small churches, named for St. Katherine and built in 1555...Read More

  • 9. Ayia Triada

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Lands at the northeast corner of the Akrotiri Peninsula, which extends into the sea from the east side of Chania, are the holdings of several...Read More

  • 10. Ayios Markos

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 13th-century church is named for Venice's patron saint, but, with its modern portico and narrow interior, it bears little resemblance to...Read More

  • 11. Ayios Minas

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This huge, lofty cathedral, dating from 1895, can hold up to 8,000 worshippers, but is most lively on November 11, when Heraklion celebrates...Read More

  • 12. Ayios Titos

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A chapel to the left of the entrance contains St. Tito's skull, set in a silver-and-gilt reliquary. Titus is credited with converting the islanders...Read More

  • 13. Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Collection of Chania

    Museum/Gallery

    You'll get some insight into the Venetian occupation and the Christian centuries that preceded it at this small museum housed in the charming...Read More

  • 14. Cretan House

    Museum/Gallery

    Chania's colorful folklife museum is bursting at the seams with farm equipment, tools, household items, wedding garb, and a wealth of other...Read More

  • 15. Etz Hayyim Synagogue

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This ancient landmark is tucked away in what was once the Jewish ghetto, a warren of narrow lanes known as Evraki, just off the harbor south...Read More

  • 16. Folk Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This interesting little museum showcases exquisite weavings and embroidered pieces, along with walking sticks, tools, and other artifacts from...Read More

  • 17. Gouvernetou

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 16th-century, Venetian-era monastery on the north end of the Akrotiri Peninsula is said to be one of the oldest and largest remaining religious...Read More

  • 18. Janissaries Mosque

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Kastelli Hill creates a backdrop to the Janissaries Mosque, the oldest Ottoman building in Crete, built at the water's edge when Turks captured...Read More

  • 19. Kastelli Hill

    Ruins

    The hill where the Venetians first settled rises above the east end of the harbor and it became the quarter of the local nobility. Their palaces...Read More

  • 20. Koules

    Military Sight

    Heraklion's inner harbor, where fishing boats land their catch and yachts are moored, is dominated by this massive fortress so named by the...Read More

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