Chania is a great place to start with an introduction to Cretan history, as its monuments span over 5, 000 years, from Minoan houses and streets dating back to 3, 000 BC, to the Byzantine, Arab and Venetian walls, the impressive arsenali (shipyards), mansions and cisterns of the Renaissance, Ottoman mosques and hamams of the early modern era, and more modern buildings, such as the Agora, a covered market inaugurated shortly after union with Greece in 1913. Most of all, we will peep into the everyday life of the city in the present and the past, exploring "hidden corners" of its old neighborhoods, Christian, Muslim and Jewish.
Hello and welcome! I hold a PhD in History and an MA in International Relations, which have helped me a lot in understanding and thus being able to explain the multiple changes that have taken place in Crete over the last few centuries, may they be political, social, economical or otherwise. My passion is to talk about history not focusing on dates and names (which are of course important), but more on why things worked or evolved in a specific way. My aim is to provide a deeper understading of historic events or situations, as well as provide visitors with valuable context from social life, traditions, religion and other local elements they may be interested in.
From the Agora, where we'll meet, we will head to Splantzia Square, the Muslim Quarter, the Church of St. Nicholas and the nearby cistern, continue on to the Arab & Byzantine walls, the excavation site of ancient Kydonia (3,000 BC), a viewpoint at Kastelli hill, the Venetian Arsenali (shipyards), Yali Tzami, Kondylaki Street (Jewish Quarter) and Etz Hayyim Synagogue, ending up in Firka Fortress and the Maritime Museum.
History walk in the Old City of Chania