The Fortezza at dawn in Rethymno on the Greek island of Crete
The large stone castle called the Fortezza stands at the northern end of the peninsula. Still bathed in the glimmer of its night lighting scheme, the Fortezza seems to glow in the first light of day on this spring morning.
Rethymno’s Venetian-era citadel, the Fortezza, is one of the best-preserved castles in Crete.
The long stone seawall encompasses this ancient section of the Cretan city of Rethymno known as Paliapoli and serves as the barrier to the Sea of Crete beyond.
Today Rethymno is a modern cultural and business center that sprawls inland and along the coast It is the third largest city on Crete with over 30,000 inhabitants. Its history goes back to Minoan times.