The Venetian Harbour, Rethymnon, Greece

The Old Harbour started operating during the Byzantine Period, sometime in the 10th century. However, it only truly flourished in the Venetian Period, particularly from the 14th century on, after the siltation problem was solved, a solution that still holds today. Following the 1571 siege by the Ottomans, in 1572 the Venetians started to expand and reinforce the existing harbour.
The lighthouse was built during the Ottoman occupation, in the late 17th century.
Today it's mainly fishing boats and yachts that dock here.



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