Chania-Venizelos Graves-Allied Cemetery-German Cemetery


The picturesque city of Chania is the second largest city of Crete. Fortunately it did not follow the same fate as the other cities of Crete, where the great Venetian and Ottoman monuments were destroyed for the sake of economic growth and “modernization”. Instead, the Old Town and the Venetian Harbour have remained almost intact, giving the city a special Venetian character, unique in the Mediterranean.Thus, the visitors of Chania are attracted by the beauty of the scenic narrow streets, the imposing lighthouse at the entrance of the small harbor and all the amazing monuments that make up the transcendent magic of Chania

Venizelos Graves

One of the most popular spots offering panoramic views of Chania are Venizelos Graves, a few kilometers east of the city, on the road to Akrotiri and the airport. Here are the tombs of the famous Greek politician Eleftherios Venizelos and his son Sophocles Venizelos, as the small church of Prophet Elias. Around the tombs formed a pretty little park and the view of Chania is unobstructed.

Allied Cemetery

About 3 km south of Maleme, the end of a tortuous paved road, is the "Allied Cemetery" where every year are events commemorating the victims of the Second World War. Throughout the year there is this large number of visitors mostly Australians and New Zealanders. The cemetery was built and maintained by the Commonwealth Commission military graves and became after the war to include all the graves of Commonwealth soldiers killed in Crete. The architect was Louis De Soissons.

German Cemetery

Chania is the German cemetery in Maleme, with the graves of the fallen German soldiers from 1941 until 1945. The German cemetery is under the auspices of the German Culture Ministry and several private agencies and nonprofit organizations. Interestingly, that in front of the German cemetery is the training unit of the Greek Special Forces, so if coming out of the military cemetery hear cries not feel that something is happening - just time you fell in training soldiers.


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