Old Venetian Harbour by Florian Wehde (Greece photo spot)

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Old Venetian Harbour - Photo by Florian Wehde

The Old Venetian Harbour was built by the Venetians between 1320 and 1356 for commerce and also to control the Sea of Crete against pirates. The Firkas Fortress at the harbour entrance and the St Nicholas bastion in the middle of the breakwater defended the harbour from raiders. On its north side the harbour is protected by a breakwater. Near the middle of this is a small bulwark like a gun emplacement and the tiny chapel of St Nicholas. The lighthouse is a distinctive feature of the harbour. It was built at the harbour entrance by the Venetians and restored in its present form by the Egyptians (1830-1840). (Chania, Crete, Greece)

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