Town Sightseeing

Here is our section with things to see and do in Town Chania. Discover 15 interesting sightseeing in Town, with detailed description, exact location on Google map, photos and reviews from visitors. You can also view more sightseeing in other locations of Chania.

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Best Churches

Catholic Church of Saint Francis
Location: Town

The Catholic Church of Saint Francis is the largest Venetian church of the town. Later, the Turks transformed it into a mosque and now it houses the Archaeological Museum of Chania.

Church of Virgin Mary
Location: Town

This is the Metropolitan Church of Chania Town and it is dedicated to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. The construction of this church was completed in 1860.

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Location: Town

The Naval Museum of Crete is housed in Firka Tower, at the entrance of the Venetian Harbor of Chania. This interesting museum houses a collection of ship models from the ancient until modern times and other maritime exhibits.

Archaeological Museum
Location: Town
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The Archaeological Museum of Chania is located in the Catholic Church of Saint Francis, close to the Venetian Harbor of Chania. Its exhibits give a view of the region's history from the Neolithic till the Roman times.

Location: Town
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The Byzantine and post-Byzantine Collection of Chania is housed in the church of San Salvatore. It hosts icons, frescoes, golden jewelry, Venetian coins, and many other exhibits.

Folklore Museum
Location: Town

The Folklore Museum of Chania is located in the loft of a Catholic Church. It houses two personal collections with folklore items, clothes and agricultural tools from Crete of past decades.

Location: Town

The Typography Museum of Chania was recently founded with the efforts of a local journalist. It is found in the Park of Local Industries in Souda and exhibits old seals, banknotes, pressing machines, rare books, and other items.

War Museum
Location: Town

The War Museum is housed in a building of 1870 and presents the fightings of the Cretans inside and outside their island. It hosts rare photographs and relics of the most important 20th-century fights.

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The Arsenali Centre was recently established and its primary goal is to promote Mediterranean art and architecture as an element of connection between Greece, the Mediterranean countries and the whole of Europe.

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The lighthouse of Chania is found in the Venetian Harbour and this is the symbol of the town. Originally built by the Venetians in the 16th century, the lighthouse was reconstructed by the Egyptians in the 19th century.

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The Ottoman Baths are found in the Venetian Harbor of Chania Town and they used to host the Turkish Hammams. Today they are not in use but they have become a landmark of the city.

The clock tower of Chania Town (or "To Roloi") is located on the north eastern part of the Municipal Garden, along Dimokratias Street. Its construction started in 1924 and was completed in 1927 using river sand, one of the cheapest resources back then. It was designed by the local engineer D. Kollaris.

The excavations at the Kastelli quarter proved that present-day Chania was built on the site of ancient Kydonia which was a flourishing city during the Roman period.

One of the most enduring landmarks in Chania is the 16th-century Venetian shipyards. It is known for its historical vaulted buildings. The buildings of this area were purposely constructed for shipbuilding which flourished in Chania in the 16th century.

Ancient Kydonia

On the low hill of Kastelli above the Venetian port of Chania Town, there are the remains of Ancient Kydonia. The excavations revealed many tombs and pots from the Minoan and the Mycenaean period.

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