Venetian Building

Historic Building in Sitia

In the quiet streets of Sitia’s old town, where pebbled steps amble gently uphill from the waterfront, occasional examples of Venetian architecture enliven the streetscape. On the corner of G Arkadiou and Metaxaki streets, look for a Venetian building, complete with handsome wooden balcony. This was the administrative base of a French garrison, part of the Corps d’occupation de Creta that was based in Sitia during the transition from Ottoman power in the final years of the 19th century.

Above the splendid door case is inscribed in French, ‘8th Regiment...Salle de Rapports’.

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