Etz Hayyim Synagogue


Crete’s only remaining synagogue (dating from the 15th century) was badly damaged in WWII and reopened only in 1999. It sports a mikveh (ritual bath), tombs of rabbis and a memorial to the local Jews killed by the Nazis. Today it serves a small congregation and is open to visitors. Find it on a small lane accessible only from Kondylaki.

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1. Cretan House Folklore Museum

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2. Hania Archaeological Museum

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The setting alone in the beautifully restored 16th-century Venetian Church of San Francisco is reason to visit this fine collection of artefacts from…

3. Greek Orthodox Cathedral


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4. Venetian Harbour


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5. Municipal Art Gallery

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Hania’s modern art gallery evokes the interior of a boat and presents temporary exhibitions of contemporary works by local and national artists on three…

6. Mosque of Kioutsouk Hasan

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7. Ancient Kydonia

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8. Byzantine & Post-Byzantine Collection


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