Chania Mournies

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The small town of Mournies is located 4 km south of Chania Town, in an area lushly vegetated with plane tree forests. Mournies has a population of over 7,000 inhabitants, and it owes its name to the many mulberry trees (mournies in Greek) scattered around the area.

The village had remarkable villas and mansions built by 17th-century noble families, but many of them were subsequently destroyed. One that stands out is the three-storey villa Koukounara, a Venetian mansion that was later restored by an Ottoman official. It has hosted prominent figures, including sultans, kings, princes and queens. This beautiful villa has a wonderful garden full of blooming flower beds, statues and fountains. It has been magnificently restored and today it houses one of the departments of the Greek Navy.

Mournies is also the birthplace of the great Greek politician Eleftherios Venizelos, who organized and led the Theriso Revolt and became prime minister of the Greek State in 1910. Today, the house of Venizelos has been turned into a museum displaying a nice collection of photos and personal belongings.

In the village, you will find several monasteries and beautiful churches, including the 15th-century Monastery of Chrysopigi and the 17th-century convent of Agios Eleutherios. 

Regular buses link Mournies to Chania Town, and various accommodation options, as well as taverns, bars and cafes can be found there.

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