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Chania

Country
Greece
State
Crete
City
Chania
Type of Location
Multiple
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

The city is served by Chania International Airport (IATA code: CHQ) on the Akrotiri Peninsula.The airport is named after Daskalogiannis, a Sfakiot hero who was skinned by the Turks in the 18th century.There are several flights a day from Athens to Chania, with Aegean Airlines and Olympic Airlines.From April-early November, there are many direct charter flights to Chania from the United Kingdom, Germany, Scandinavia, the Netherlands and other European countries.

By Bus

Chania is connected with the rest of Crete by regular bus lines operated the KTEL company.The coaches are modern, comfortable and air-conditioned. Fare is reasonable.Public transportation is fairly frequent and timetables quite trustworthy.Bus services along the north coast and towards the south coast are excellent, reliable, frequent and cheap.

By Car

Highway E75 (A90) goes along the North coast of Crete from Heraklion to Kissamos, it goes by the southern outskirts of the town.The old road, that still has the name 90,is parallel to the new highway and is the main road through all the small resorts west of Chania.

By Ferry

Ferry services from Athens (Piraeus port) to Chania (Hania) anchor at the nearby port of Souda.Daily ferries,one ordinary with ANEK and one fast catamaran with Hellenic Seaways.

Key places to visit
Archaeological Museum of Chania, Etz Hayyim Synagogue, Mpourakis, War Museum, Nautical Museum of Crete


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Places to Visit

Archaeological Museum of Chania

Is a museum located in the former Venetian Monastery of Saint Francis at 25 Chalidon Street, Chania, Crete, Greece.It was established in 1962.The exact date that the building was constructed is unknown although it was mentioned in writing as standing during the great earthquake of 1595 and being the largest in the city.It served as a Venetian church inhabited by Franciscan monks, and became an important monument of the city.he museum contains a wide range of coins, jewellery, vases, sculpture, clay tablets with inscriptions, stelae and mosaics.The collection includes a clay sealing from Kasteli, with a representation of a Minoan city and its patron deity dated to the second half of the 15th century BC.There is a clay pyxis with a representation of a kithara player excavated from a chamber tomb in the area of Koiliaris in Kalyves-Aptera dated to 1300–1200 BC.There is also a clay tablet inscribed with Linear A script from Kasteli, dated to 1450 BC and small clay tablets with texts in Linear B script dated to 1300.

Etz Hayyim Synagogue

Etz Hayyim was a desecrated house of prayer that remained the sole Jewish monument on the Island of Crete after the destruction of Crete's Jewish community in 1944.Essentially it stood as a monument to the success of the Nazis in obliterating 2300 years of Jewish life on the Island of Crete.Between 1996 and the year of its re-dedication in 1999, the structure was painstakingly restored.The philosophy that directed this work is summed up in the Hebrew Am Israel Hayy:'The people of Israel Live'.Today it stands as a vibrant statement of Jewish life, vitality and values, whereas until recently it was still mentioned on the World Monument Fund's list of most endangered sites.

Mpourakis

In Kounoupidiana is the absolute must in Chania eating.Traditional cuisine with exquisite tastes at reasonable prices in a very cared environment and cooking only with extra virgin olive oil.From Kounoupidiana center take the road on the right go towards Stavros, 100 meters on your right side.

War Museum

Is a museum in Chania, Crete , Greece, annex of the War Museum of Athens.It was founded on July 1995.The museum exhibits photographs, war artifacts and other items from the national wars and revolutions of the Greek History.It is housed in a building, built in 1870 and designed by the Italian architect Makouzo, which in the past has been used as barracks by the Italian Army during World War II.

Nautical Museum of Crete

Is a museum in Chania, Crete , Greece.Its collection includes models of ships, nautical instruments, painting, historical photographs and war relics.The material is classified chronologically, starting from the Bronze Age up to our times.The exhibits of the first floor include models of ancient ships, a model of the fortified town and port under Venetian rule, a model that shows shipbuilding and repair buildings, with a rowing ship inside.The second floor exhibits include models of modern Hellenic Navy ships, destroyers, a missile boat, a landing ship with trucks and APVs on board.The exhibits include the full bridge of a destroyer and two torpedo propulsion units. A section of the museum is dedicated to the German invasion of Crete.

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