Rethymno is a city rich with history, the memory of which is preserved in its old part. The maze of cobbled streets, stone houses, whose walls entwined with grapes – in all this the influence of different cultures: Venetian and Turkish. Here is concentrated the majority of architectural monuments of Rethymno, so it is not surprising that the Old city is called the Museum under the open sky.
The most recognizable and most ambitious structure of all that there is on the island of Crete, fortress Fortezza (Fortezza). It was built in the late 16th century and has long served to protect the city from pirates. In addition to fortifications to our times in great condition has reached the Bishop’s Palace, home of the rector and advisors. Also located on its territory mosque of Ibrahim Khan, it was built by the Turks after the capture of the island. Looks very nice fortress at the end of the day, when its walls lit up the last rays of the sun. The entrance ticket costs 4 Euro, and in winter free entrance. Working hours – daily from 8:00 to 20:00.
Those who are interested in the history of Rethymno and Crete in General, you can visit the Archaeological Museum, located in front of the Fortezza (St. Cheimarras, 22). The building which it occupies, was once a Turkish prison. Large collection is divided into several thematic blocks across eras. Glassware, jewelry, God statues, pottery, sarcophagi – this is not a complete list of treasures that you can see here. The Museum is open from 9:30 to 15:00 all days, except Monday. The ticket will cost just 4 euros.
One of the most romantic places of Rethymnon, the Rimondi fountain (Rimondi). It is believed that if lovers will isophot from it, they are destined to get married soon. In fact, the building was completed more than a practical role: it provides water to the whole city. The fountain is located on the square in the plane (Settlement) and cannot be confused with any other: it is decorated with four columns with capitals, and the water served from the stone lion’s mouth.