Top Historical Places in Chania

Are you looking to explore the history of Chania through the ages? There are a number of historical destinations in Chania including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and parks where you can learn about the glorious past of Chania. The presence of these historical sites and museums will take you on a walk through Chania ‘s rich history.
If you are willing to have an in-depth historical information about Chania, we recommend that you take a wonderful guided tour to cover the major historical attractions. Also, check the opening and closing time for each so that you can organize your time. Make sure that you go through the complete list of historical places in Chania for a great trip!

Let's witness the history of Chania with these top historical places - monuments and landmarks:

  1. Botanical Park Of Crete

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    Botanical Park Of Crete

    Botanical Garden, Educational Site, Lake, Bird Watching

    Looking at this 20 hectare park, 18km from Chania, it’s hard to imagine this lush wonderland was ever a victim of fire… which happened in 2003; there’s a centennial olive tree here commemorating the fire. The highlights of the park are: 150 species of fruit trees; and the dozens of herbs, medicinal and ornamental plants that Cretan mountains are famous for. Animals such as b...Read more
  2. Chania Archaeological Museum

    Art And Culture, Museum, Educational Site, Architecture

    This Venetian Church of St. Francis, which was reportedly once the largest church in Chania, was once also taken over by the Turkish and converted into a mosque. The Archaeological Museum was established here in 1963. Its exhibits, arranged in chronological order, mostly cover: Pottery, carved stone objects, sealstones, sculpture, metalwork, gold jewellery and coins Roman mosaics Neolithic cla...Read more
  3. Firkas Fortress And Maritime Museum Of Crete

    Museum, Military Museum, Historical Site, War Memorial

    The building was used as a barracks to house the Turkish army,to protect Chania from raiders from the sea. This was also the place where Crete’s union with Greece was celebrated. Check out the fantastic panoramic view of the harbour… and then come down to the museum. The Maritime Museum of Crete is a red building that covers history right from antiquity to the Battle of Crete. High...Read more
  4. Ancient Aptera

    Temple, Ancient Ruin, Theatre, Architecture

    13 km from Chania are the ruins of Aptera, an ancient city that was very powerful from Minoan to Hellenistic times. The name means ‘without wings’, and refers to a legendary battle between the Muses and the Sirens, in which the losing Sirens were stripped of their wings. The city was entirely ruined by a 7th century earthquake. Today, the highlights are: A monastery of St. John The...Read more
  5. Elephant Cave Image

    Cave, Historical Site

    Elephant cave is one of the most spellbinding underwater caves in Greece where the bones of a unique species of elephant were found. The existence of the cave was not known until 1999 when a fisherman found its entrance. After passing the 6.5 metres wide and 9 metres high entrance, you would have to pass a tunnel of forty metres. After swimming in, you would be able to observe an exquisite seri...Read more