15 Historic places of interest to visit in Rethymnon

1) The Venetian Fortress “Fortezza” stands on the hill of “Paleokastro” and is an imposing presence over the Cretan sea and a great contribution to the city’s beauty and charm.
2) The Archeological Museum of Rethimno located in the region of Fortezza where findings from the Neolithic and Romaic period are exhibited (currencies, jewels, tools), as well as a ceramic collection from the Minoan period.
3) The Venetian Harbor with the imposing lighthouse.
4) The Catholic Church at Melissinou street
5) The Museum of Contemporary Art of Rethymnon
6) The Rimondi Fountain (since 1627) in the center of the old town (at “Platanos” square) built by the Venetian Rector (Governor) of Rethymnon A. Rimondi.
7) The Loggia renovated by the well-known Venetian architect Michele Sanmicheli (who also renovated Veneto Hotel) used to be the meeting point for the Venetian noblemen in the medieval times and nowdays hosts the gift shop of the Archaeological Museum of Rethymnon.
8) The Mosque of “Gazi Housein” or “Neratzes” (today a conservatory) is well known for the highest minaret in Rethimnon
9) The Historical and Folklore Museum on the corner of Epimenidou and Vernardou Street with traditional objects from the daily life such as ceramic objects, embroideries, handmade laces and traditional costumes.
10) The Temple of St. Francesco was the main temple of the Franciscan monastery during the Venetian Period
11) The Guora Gate or “Grand Gate” (the main entrance of the city’s walls)
12) The Mosque of Kara Mousha Pasha, built over a Venetian monastery, dedicated to St. Barbara.
13) The Cathedral of Rethymno
14) The Temple of Mary Magdalene – known as “The Lady of the Angels”- dating back to the Venetian period
15) The Veli Pasa Mosque nowadays hosting the Paleontological Museum of Rethymnon