Venetian Lighthouse of Chania

Published: September 10, 2019
Municipal Unit of Chania, Sights

Going back in time to the era of Venetian rule and Ottoman rule, we find that the city of Chania had developed trade and shipping. Due to the geographical location of the city and the prevailing weather conditions, the need arose to create the Venetian port.

The Venetian Lighthouse of Chania was founded on the natural rock of the jetty. It initially functioned as an open flame torch while its architectural elements are connected to the Cretan tradition as it was formed from the end of the Venetian rule onwards. From the end of the Venetian occupation, the lighthouse took the form we see.

It is more reminiscent of a minaret in terms of its exterior and interior as an internal staircase leads to the balcony with the glass turret. For this reason the experts can not architecturally group it with one of the standard lighthouses as it does not even have a residence for the guards due to its existence in a residential area.

The height of the lighthouse reaches 21 meters while its light illuminates up to a distance of 7 miles. It is a jewel of the city of Chania and a trademark of it as it appears as an attraction to all travel guides in the world.