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 •  Rethymnon is a beautiful town where the remains of the various civilizations that have prevailed there throughout the centuries blend together. When approaching Rethymnon by sea, the Venetian port welcomes us. Fortezza is the impressive castle below which lies the OldTown

• On the northwestern side of Psiloritis mountain stands the Arkadi Monastery where the most heroic act of freedom and self-sacrifice in Crete took place: the explosion of a gunpowder room in 1866, when the Monastery was seized by Mustafa Pasha

• Anogia, the most “genuine” area of Crete, has preserved its mores and morals although after World War II the village was destroyed and lost its traditional style. Nikos Xylouris, the famous Cretan singer, was born in Anogia

• In the south of the Prefecture, Preveli is a location of great natural beauty. The Lake of Preveli is formed by the outfalls of river Kourtaliotis, surrounded by a palm tree forest and whitish sand. Closeby stands the historical Monastery of Preveli

 
      
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           Perfecture of RETHYMNO
Greece Region of Crete
Capital town: Rethymno
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          Presentation
In the Prefecture of Rethymnon, the sea and the imposing mountain ranges are indissolubly interconnected. Its capital is the homonymous city where the Venetian, Muslim and Christian elements are still present. Its landmark is the Venetian port with the lighthouse.
In this Prefecture, the visitor will come across gorges, more than 800 caves, valleys and mountains. Up high on Mount Idi (or Psiloritis) is the cave of Zeus and the heroic Arkadi Monastery where the 1861 Holocaust took place, turning Arkadi into a universal symbol of freedom.
In traditional villages, such as Anogeia, tradition remains intact. In the north of the Prefecture, there are supermodern hotel units, located on vast sandy beaches. The southern side offers unknown spots of unparalleled beauty.
          History
Human presence in Rethymnon dates back to the 6th millenium BC, as proved by findings at Idaion Cave. Important data of the Minoan Period (2600 – 1100 BC) have been unearthed. During the Classic and the Hellenistic periods, Rithymna and other cities flourished.
Conquerently with the establishment of Byzantium, the spread of Christianity began. In 1211 AD began the Venetian Era which ended in 1646 after the surrender of Rethymnon to the Turks. In 1869 the Arkadi Holocaust took place, while in 1897 came the much-wanted autonomy.




















      
   Information
 •  EOT (GNTO – Greek National Tourist Organisation): 2831029148

 •  Police: 2831025247 – Traffic Police: 2831022589 – Tourist Police: 2831028156

 •  General Hospital of Rethymnon: 2831087100, 2831027491, 2831027814

 •  Μουσεία: Αρχαιολογικό: 2831054668 - Λαογραφικό: 2831023398 - Εκκλησιαστικό: 2831022731 - Πινακοθήκη: 2831052530

 
      
       How to get there
 •  Port Authority: 2831055150 – ΑΝΕΚ Lines Ferries: 2831029846 – Minoan Lines Ferries: 2831022941

 •  ΚΤΕΛ: 2831022212

 •  Olympic Airways: 2831022257

 •  Taxi: 2831024316

 

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