Firkas Fortress, or Revellino del Porto, is the most imposing fortification of the Venetian town of Chania. Erected by the Venetians in 1204-1669 to protect Chania’s port against the Ottomans’ constant threat, the monument is more than an architectural and historic landmark - it is a symbol of freedom for Cretans.
On December 1st, 1913, the Greek Prime Minister, Eleftherios Venizelos, and the King of Greece, Constantine I, raised the Greek flag for the first time after 800 years of slavery, in celebration of the annexation of Crete to the Kingdom of Greece.
Today, the fortress houses the Nautical Museum of Crete, founded 1973, on the 32st anniversary of the Battle of Crete. The museum has three sections documenting the Battle of Crete, the marine environment, and the permanent collection of traditional shipbuilding in Shipyard Moro - where you will also see a replica of a Minoan vessel.
The museum is closed on Sundays and public holidays, while the shipyard is only closed on public holidays.