Sightseeing guide Chania
The Archeological Museum of Chania, is accommodated in the Catholic of Venetian Abbey of Saint Fragiskos and assembles archeological findings from various seasons and from various regions of Chania prefecture. The museum is separated in two basic exhibitions. In the first, you can see findings from Neolithic up to Post Minoan period and in the second, findings from Geometric up to Romaic period. The museum is open daily 8.30-15.00, except of Mondays.
The Folkloric Museum is located in Chania and you can visit it daily 9.00-15.00 and 18.00-21.00. It includes a rich collection of agricultural objects, domestic objects, furniture, tools, musical instruments, decorative objects, textiles and embroideries. It is really a cultural treasure for the prefecture of Chania.
The Naval Museum of Crete is located in Chania, in the north-eastern part, in the entry of Venetian fortress Firka. It was inaugurated in 1973 and includes a great collection of various objects from the naval tradition of Greece, up to the Battle of Crete. You can see shells, maps, gravures and ship models. Impressing are the models of raider “Elli” and the submarine “Papanikolis”. The museum is open daily 9.00-15.00.
The monastery of Chryssopigi is found in distance of 3 kilometers south-east of Chania, in the street that connects Chania to Souda. It was founded round the 17th century by a family of the region and is so big that resembles really a castle. The monastery has a library, in which are many precious religious documents. There is also a laboratory of hagiography, in which are made unique icons.
The monastery of Chrysoskalitissa is situated in distance of 72 kilometers south-west of Chania, built on a rock. The church is very picturesque and is dedicated to Virgin Mary and to the Holy Trinity. The view is panoramic and breathtaking!
Fragokastelo is located east of Sfakia town. It is a Venetian castle of 1370 and it is famous for the battle that took place in 1828 between Greeks and Turks. It is a big fortress that was absolutely organized, in order to protect the city from enemy attacks.
In the city of Chania, walking easterly to the coast road, you will meet the most famous Turkish monument, the Mosque of Janissaries, which is oldest in entire Crete. Its architecture is particularly simple and includes a rectangle building with 4 arcs, which are surrounded by a big cupola.
The gorge of Samaria is a place of great ecological importance so much in Crete, as much as in Greece. It is located in the southern part of Chania prefecture, between Omalos and Agia Roumeli villages. The gorge is extended in 48.500 acres and includes a lot of rare species of flora and fauna such as, the Cretan goats, called kri-kri, badgers and beech martens. In order to cross the gorge you need roughly 3 with 4 hours of walking. The landscape is impressive and includes waterfalls, lakes and ravines, which will astonish you!