Rethymno, Crete

Rethymno ( Greek : Ρέθυμνο is a city of approximately 40,000 people on the island of Crete It was first built in antiquity and was powerful enough to mint its own coins and maintain urban growth. One of these coins is today depicted as the crest of the town with two dolphins in a circle.

Rethymno still maintains its old aristocratic appearance, with its many of its buildings dating from the 16th century. Characteristic of Rethymno’s buildings are arched doorways and stone staircases. The city has influences of Byzantine and Hellenic-Roman remains, a small Venetian harbor and narrow streets.

Rethymno has a large Venetian castle called the Fortezza, one of the best preserved castles in Crete.

Other major monuments in Rethymno are the Neratze mosque, the Great Gate, the Piazza Rimondi, and the Venetian Loggia. It was attacked by the Germans, who occupied Crete, during World War II. Rethymno’s main income now is from tourism and agriculture, which consists predominately olive oil and other Mediterranean products.

Fortezza Castle Fortezza Gate Coastal View
City View g Light House Harbor
Bay View City from Boat Bay View Coastline Bay View