The present light-house, rebuilt during the Egyptian occupation (1821-1841), is different from the original and is rather reminiscent of a minaret, as regards its shape and the inside stone staircase leading to the balcony and the glass tower.
The harbor was first constructed between 1320 and 1356 by the Venicians to protect the City. Certain problems were caused to the harbor by the north winds and the silt deposits in the basin from rain waters and sewage. To solve these problems a jetty was built with an opening for the renewal of water. At the entrance to the harbor, there is a light –house, which was rebuilt in the period of the Egyptian occupation as it is seen today.
In the Turkish occupation, the Church had been converted into a soap-factory and took its present form in 1860. The architectural elements of the temple are associated more with the tradition developed in the period of the Venician occupation. The east wall is decorated with large and impressive religious paintings, the works od G. Kalliterakis, G Stravrakis, E. Tripolitakis and D. Kokotsis.
The monastery of the moks od Frangiskan (16th century) houses the Archeological Musuem of Chania. Findings from different parts of the county of Chania are exhibited in the museum rooms depicting the history of the area from Neolothic to Roman times.
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