The Venetian Harbour by Varinia   - Globalphotos

The Venetian Harbour, Chania, Crete, Greek Islands

View from my hotel suite.

The Venetian harbour of Chania was built by the Venetians between 1320 and 1356. The harbour was used for commerce and also to control the Sea of Crete against pirates.

The Venetian harbour had room for 40 galleys, but it constantly silted up and was never very deep, so it kept having to be dredged, a difficult job with the equipment of the time.

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. This was where the Venetians and Turks executed condemned prisoners.

The Firkas Fortress at the harbour entrance and the St Nicholas bastion in the middle of the breakwater defended the harbour from raiders.

Today, the Venetian harbour offers moorage for fishing boats and other small craft, while the commercial and passenger port of Chania is seven kilometres to the east, in Souda Bay.

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). The lighthouse of the Venetian harbour of Chania always fascinates visitors and is one of the most-photographed monuments in Crete.


  • juha
    juhaover 4 years ago

    on croirait un tableau vénitien , bravo pour toutes tes superbes images

  • Merci beaucoup Juha :-))

    – Varinia - Globalphotos

  • Bob Wickham
    Bob Wickhamover 4 years ago

    Brilliant shot Varinia and great choice of hotel

  • Thank you very much Bob, was a wonderful place to stay :-))

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  • Geoff Coleman - Conceptuals
    Geoff Coleman ...over 4 years ago

    Oh my goodness but you get to see some brilliant sights V. This is one and you’ve rendered it superbly.

  • Thanks Geoff, am lucky I know, love the Greek Islands :-))

    – Varinia - Globalphotos

  • Tony Middleton
    Tony Middletonover 4 years ago

    Wowzers – amazing scene and image Varinia !

  • Thanks so much Tone, you’d love the Greek Islands :-))

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  • Craig Harris
    Craig Harrisover 4 years ago

    Superb capture Varinia, love the treatment…… So lucky to have the chance to view all these stunners. Keep up the great work…Cheers

  • Thanks very much Harra, happy you like it, nothing better than travelling around I have to say !!

    – Varinia - Globalphotos

  • Karen Martin
    Karen Martinover 4 years ago

    Lovely capture

  • Thank you very much Karen :-))

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  • reflexio
    reflexioover 4 years ago

    Quite a dandy vista, I’d still be there! nice treatment.

  • LOL Í tried to stay !! Thanks :-))

    – Varinia - Globalphotos

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 4 years ago


  • Thanks so much Sean :-))

    – Varinia - Globalphotos

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 4 years ago

    Lovely work Varinia …

  • Thank you Tom :-)

    – Varinia - Globalphotos

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...over 4 years ago

    did you paint this……………………….

  • I can’t paint but I shoot ok sometimes :D Simple photograph with added texture

    – Varinia - Globalphotos

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