Chania, Old Port - Crete live cam
Chania, view of the city's old port

Chania, Old Port - Crete

The Venetian harbor in Chania with it’s lighthouse is the town's landmark. The old port of Chania was built by the Venetians in the period of colonization in Crete and more specifically between 1320 and 1356, and was an important center for the convenience of the Venetian military navy, as well as one of the most important commercial ports in the eastern Mediterranean.

Entering the port from the west, the first thing you see is the entrance of the harbor and opposite very close to the entrance the lighthouse. In your right you will see the walls of the Firka Fortress built by the Venetians to protect the harbor entrance. When necessary, a thick chain was tied down the Firka Fortress and the opposite base of the lighthouse in order to close the port entrance.

The Giali Tzami, which means in Turkish the 'seaside mosque' ', is the oldest Islamic building in Crete. Part of the south side was destroyed by the heavy bombing by the Germans during the 2nd World War. Today the small interior of the building is used as a place mainly for art exhibitions.

The Hotel Porto Antico is situated in the center of the picturesque old Venetian harbor, as well as 5 min walking distance from the modern center of Chania town. Located in a Venetian style historic building, just opposite the Venetian lighthouse, the hotel provides rooms with wonderful view of the Venetian harbor and the picturesque old town of Chania.

The hotel is recently renovated, retaining the old Venetian style architecture. The hotels privileged location is ideal for visitors who wish to stay in the most beautiful part of Chania town, where a wide variety of sightseeing’s is gathered.

Cam on-line since: 07/15/2016

Comments

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    • 3 months ago
    • Corinne M

    looking at this rough sea, it is hard to imagine that the harbour is heaving with tourists and that it is so hot and dry in the summe

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    • 3 months ago
    • Sharron Reynolds

    Wow! the sea is very rough - so much so that the sea is washing up onto the pavement and the camera is shaking.

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    • 3 months ago
    • Corinne M

    it is dark in chania harbour for this new year eve. only one cafe has lights on. happy new year everyone!

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    • 3 months ago
    • Izzy

    Very stormy, huge waves!

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    • 4 months ago
    • Dave Harris

    Hope everybody and the buildings have survived the 6.0Mag earthquake off shore this morning, Spent many a happy hour sat at that corner cafe having grilled sardines, salad and a fine Ouzo....Hope to be back soon, too d-mn cold in the UK....

  • avatar
    • 6 months ago
    • Claus Neugebauer

    3 days then you can see us there

  • avatar
    • 7 months ago
    • Solveig Nerlandsrem

    The most beautiful port in Hellas! Clean the lenses of the camera, please! Love from Norway!

  • avatar
    • 7 months ago
    • Sharron Reynolds

    I am currently reading the book "Girl under the olive tree" which is set during WWII and set in Chania. This webcam brings the book to life.

  • avatar
    • 9 months ago
    • Neil

    Last time I looked at this cam the place was being hounded by storms and the cafes were all flooded what a difference in 3 months

  • avatar
    • 10 months ago
    • wish_I_were_there

    I just love the place!

  • avatar
    • 10 months ago
    • Gill

    8 days. Can't wait

  • avatar
    • 10 months ago
    • Claus Neugebauer

    12 days

  • avatar
    • 10 months ago
    • Claus Neugebauer

    25 days left

  • avatar
    • 10 months ago
    • Peter

    So much pleasant now that it was in February in the storms. See photos

  • avatar
    • 11 months ago
    • Ian Cox

    15 days 13 hours 26 minutes to take off.......Can't wait!

  • avatar
    • 11 months ago
    • Claus Neugebauer

    61 days and we will be there