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Cultural Centre of Chania (Πνευματικό Κέντρο Χανίων)




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Chania is the second largest city of Crete Island. It is located along the north-west coast of Crete, about 145 km (90 mi) west of the capital city Heraklion. The population of the city is about 54,000 inhabitants, while the regional unit as a whole has population of about 110,000 inhabitants.

Chania lies on the site of the prehistoric Minoan settlement Kydonia in the 2nd millennium BC. In a course of centuries, the city has successively been conquered by Romans, Arabs, Venetians, Ottomans, and finally in 1913 joined the modern Greek Republic. Nowadays, the cityscape reflects the historical identity of Chania (see photos).

The city of Chania appears as clearly divided into two parts: the historical centre in the geographical heart and the modern city at the periphery. The historical centre is surrounding the old Venetian harbour and is the core around which the modern city has been developed in the last century. The historical centre used to be surrounded by Venetian fortifications built in 1538. Today, only the eastern and western parts of the fortifications have been preserved. The centre of the modern city is the area expanding immediately south of the historical centre.


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