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The port of Chania Crete

Market Square (the Agora)

Remnant of the Byzantine Wall of Chania, built in the 10th century

Entrance to the old Venetian harbor at Crete

Old fort at the entrance to the harbor

Chania Lighthouse

Chania Cathedral

Painting at the Chania Cathedral


Our first port was Chania (pronounced “Hah knee uh”), Crete. We took the bus into town and wandered around a bit. We saw the Venetian harbor and lighthouse and walked through the Agora, where a wide variety of items are sold from souvenirs to raw meat. Stopped in for a few minutes at the Chania Cathedral, dedicated to Panagia Trimartyri (Virgin of the Three Martyrs), the patron saint of Chania. It is called “Trimartyri” because, while the central aisle is dedicated to the Virgin, the north aisle is dedicated to St Nicholas and the south aisle to the Three Hierarchs (Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom.) The Hierarchs were all highly influential bishops of the early church who played pivotal roles in shaping Christian theology

Did a bit of shopping for some shoes for me (I forgot my walking shoes, can you believe it?), then headed back to the ship. The evening show featured the Jewel of the Sea singers and dancers. It was okay, but it wasn’t the best production I’ve seen while at sea. It was free, though, so I’m not complaining.



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